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Doctors in PPE at a Gujarat hospital | Representational image | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Study documents 2 cases of reinfections in India, but experts say data doesn’t offer insight

A study, which is yet to be peer reviewed, noted that 2 health care workers working in a Covid ward were infected by SARS-CoV-2 virus twice over a span of three months. 
Representational image | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Delhi scientists develop ‘non-fussy’ Covid test, say it’s cheaper & faster than RT-PCR

Researchers from Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology have detailed their findings in a paper published 31 August in the peer-reviewed Journal of Proteins and Proteomics.
File image of PPE kits disposed of outside the Nigambodh Ghat crematorium in New Delhi | Representational image | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Today’s PPE kits could be tomorrow’s roads, fuel — CSIR’s plan to tackle Covid plastic surge

With Covid pandemic requiring single-use PPE kits and other plastics, there has been a surge in plastic waste. CSIR is looking at ways to reduce this waste and establish safety protocol.
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology Director Rakesh Mishra at a lab in the Hyderabad institute. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Hyderabad’s CCMB develops Covid test that can ‘handle up to 50,000 times more samples’

In an interview, CCMB chief Rakesh Mishra talks about the Hyderabad institute’s new test kit as well as their work on a vaccine that could be ready within a year.
The 'Feluda' test kit has been developed by the New Delhi-based CSIR-IGIB | Photo: crispr.igib.res.in

Tata Sons to help make ‘Feluda’, CSIR’s Satyajit Ray-inspired Covid paper test kit

Tata Sons and CSIR have signed an MoU for the ‘licencing of knowhow’, and want to make the kit available for Covid-19 testing on the ground by the end of May.
blood samples being examines

CSIR to test sepsis drug in asymptomatic Covid patients and those who have recovered

CSIR will launch trials to see if sepsis drug can stop Covid-19 from progressing in asymptomatic patients & if it can prevent it from redeveloping in recovered patients.
File photo of Harsh Vardhan | Twitter

Harsh Vardhan asks scientists to hurry up: Deliver Covid-19 weapons before the war is over

The minister for science & technology lauded the work of CSIR institutes in developing drugs and tech to fight Covid-19 so far and urged that they accelerate their work.
Representational image | Flickr

Is coronavirus mutating in India? If yes, how? CSIR starts genetic sequencing to find out

Over the next couple of weeks, once more Covid-19 samples are available, two CSIR institutes will sequence over 100 samples from different locations.
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IndiGen project — how mapping of genomes could transform India’s healthcare

As part of the project, CSIR announced sequencing of 1,008 genomes. The initiative aims to complete sequencing of at least 10,000 genomes over the next 3 years.
A traditional diesel generator | omcpower.com

India’s first indigenous fuel cell a silent, green alternative to noisy diesel generators

The fuel cell has been developed by the CSIR in partnership with Thermax Ltd, a Pune-based engineering firm.

On Camera

Retiring early can be bad for the brain

Retiring early and working less has many benefits, such as reduced stress, better diets and more sleep. But as we found, it also has adverse effects.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.