Thursday, 6 October, 2022

Topic: SARS-CoV-2

French lab scientists couldn’t make bat virus mutate to become like SARS-CoV-2. Why it matters

Scientists at Pasteur Institute in France conducted experiments with bat virus similar to SARS-CoV-2 & tried to spur evolution of a mutation that could cause it to adapt to human cells.

45% of samples sequenced in India since January had Omicron, shows Covid lab network INSACOG

INSACOG, in its latest bulletin, revealed that nearly half of all Covid-19 samples sent for genomic sequencing in India since January this year have been identified as Omicron.

Covid result in 3 minutes? US FDA gives emergency-use nod for first SARS-CoV-2 breath test

InspectIR Covid-19 Breathalyzer test detects chemical compounds in breath samples associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Needs to be performed by trained operators.

India’s 1st Covid nasal spray FabiSpray aimed at high-risk adults, doesn’t let virus reach lungs

Designed to kill the coronavirus in the upper airways before it progresses to the lungs, the nitric oxide spray was approved after clinical trials on 306 Covid patients in India.

Omicron could replace other Covid variants, survive as common cold: Harvard immunologist Pillai

Harvard Medical School professor Dr Shiv Pillai says India’s third wave likely to subside by March, and suggests that the country’s response to the pandemic was a mixed bag.

Covid spilling over to free-ranging animals? Dead leopard cub had Delta, didn’t die of it

Case was detected at a time when infection levels had dropped significantly in humans, says 12 January report by scientists from Indian Veterinary Research Institute.

Most of Covid virus ‘inactivated’ in minutes, says UK study on aerosol risk at short distance

Infectivity falls drastically within a few seconds to minutes of aerosol generation, according to a study by researchers from the University of Bristol, yet to be peer-reviewed.

Booster dose of Covishield can increase antibody levels against Omicron, Oxford study says

Antibody levels against Omicron were higher in people who had taken a 3rd Covishield dose than in people who’d had other Covid variants, found a preprint study by Oxford researchers.

Cough or fever first? Covid variants can make symptoms appear in different order, US study says

Symptom order can change with mutations in the virus, finds a study by researchers from the University of Southern California, published in 'PLOS Computational Biology'.

Days after suggesting booster dose, govt body’s U-turn: ‘More scientific scrutiny needed’

INSACOG’s U-turn, which mirrors the government’s stance, comes at a time when India’s Omicron case count has jumped to 12.

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Finally, this is a Rahul Gandhi that India can relate to

Bharat Jodo Yatra has shown Indians the real Rahul Gandhi, a leader who walks among his people, and not the caricature created by BJP and TV news media.

Indian refiners scout for oil deals ahead of EU ban on Russian crude imports

European Union ban on Russian crude imports from 5 Dec will drive European refiners to buy more Middle East oil, putting them in competition with Asian buyers.


File photo of a BrahMos firing by a Su-30 MKI | Credit: IAF

IAF to increase Sukhois armed with BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with over 500km-range

The IAF currently has 40 SU-30 MKI with BrahMos, the only supersonic cruise missile in the world.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.