Monday, 4 July, 2022

Topic: DNA

Team led by Indian-origin scientist finds way to better predict disease risk from DNA codes

Study, published in journal iScience, explained why only certain DNA elements from within our vast genome get ‘switched on’ and how they put humans at risk of diseases.

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.

Har Gobind Khorana — Nobel winner who gave genetic engineering its biggest breakthrough

From his humble beginnings in a village in Punjab, Khorana became one of the biggest names in the world’s scientific community.

Genetic clustering: Economic inequalities seem now in line with regional differences

People are becoming increasingly clustered by certain types of genetics. Europe offers increasing evidence of this.

DNA goes out of print 14 years after launch — rise & sudden fall of a promising newspaper

In a press note issued this week, DNA said the shutdown was aimed at optimising costs and reducing losses.

GM babies are possible, but do we really want them?

Scientists have found that it is remarkably straightforward to edit mammalian embryos using IVF technology.

An iceberg larger than the size of Delhi is set to break away from Antarctica

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to the best sources to read them.

We must stop human evolution right now. It’s our moral obligation

We remain at the mercy of natural selection, the least moral way for a species to develop.

The DNA alphabet expands with four new building blocks

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to the best sources to read them. It's your fix to stay on top of the latest in science.

Phosphorus: 350 years after its discovery, this vital element is running out

Looking for gold, an alchemist in the 17th Century discovered phosphorous from a most unusual source, urine. Now, centuries later, we face a critical shortage of the element.

On Camera


Representational image of a protest against rise in prices of fuel and LPG, in Kolkata | ANI

You thought inflation’s high in India? Data shows at least 100 countries doing worse

Lebanon faces worst inflation rate in the world, followed by Zimbabwe and Sudan, according to 'Trading Economics', which sources data from governments.


Army personnel give military honours to the soldiers of Territorial Army's infantry 107 battalion who lost their lives in the Manipur Landslide, 2 July 2022, Siliguri | Credits: ANI Photo/ ANI Pic Service

A look at the Territorial Army — The Indian military’s task force hit by the Manipur landslide

The Territorial Army, a part-time military organisation for Indians who may have other jobs, is essentially a volunteer force that can be quickly mobilised in the defence of a state.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.