Better and more efficient laboratory techniques are a dream come true for any scientist. That dream could materialize for stem cell biologists thanks to a new finding by NCBS's Mitradas Panicker and his team that makes one of the most important steps in stem cell research - that of identifying human pluripotent stem cells (cells that can differentiate into any kind of adult cell) - easier. The scientists show that a blue fluorescence is emitted by fat-storing organelles or lipid bodies in specific types of pluripotent stem cells. They utilized this to distinguish these stem cells from others more easily and efficiently. The new technique is also a cost-effective and less labor-intensive alternative for scientists who need to culture stem cell colonies for research experiments. Scientists are hopeful that delving deeper into the principles of this technique could throw more light on pluripotent states and the process of pluripotency itself, a significant step towards understanding stem cells better.
Starting from Saturday 28th June, NCBS will be hosting India's first-of-its-kind intense 15-day summer school "Computational Approaches to Memory and Plasticity (CAMP@Bangalore)" on the theory and simulation of learning, memory and plasticity in the brain.
The campus recently hosted a talk with a difference by renowned virologist W. Ian Lipkin. In his Public Lecture titled "Bad Bugs on the Big Screen: Science fiction and fact in Hollywood ", and aided by a careful selection of movie vignettes, Lipkin discussed the evolution of cinema plots involving infectious diseases, in the broader context of how scientific content is treated in Hollywood movies.
Professor K.S. Krishnan, friend and inspiration to generations of students and youthful scientists, passed away following a sudden heart attack on Saturday 24 May 2014 at his home in Bangalore. With his demise, we have lost one of our most inspirational biologists. Krishnan's fundamental impact was the ease with which he repeatedly linked his questions with the most innovative solutions.
When the Southern Labs Complex was built, I immediately 'moved' to the colonnade with all my possessions (coffee mug included), and my days suddenly became much more interesting. The colonnade was Krishnan's highway of sorts, as he perambulated to his next meeting, either with a fellow-researcher or his beloved chameleons. But no matter how hard-pressed for time he might have been, there were always a few moments in his day to give me the benefit of his insatiable curiosity, unflagging enthusiasm, the depth of his knowledge and the width of his grin.
Tenzin Dawa, Sonam Dolma and Tenzin Lhadon from the Central School for Tibetans at Mundgod (Karnataka) have recently completed a month long summer internship at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS).This is the second year that NCBS has played host to Tibetan students residing in India in an effort to promote current methods in science education among the 12th class students at the school.
On Sunday, Jan 20 I joined a couple of friends from inStem and NCBS to play as Team NCBS in the football tournament of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce at the SPT sports academy. Mr. Loeffler from the German Consulate had told me about the tournament. NCBS supplied the vehicle to get there.
The phrase "intellectual property" is often used in the Indian media as synonymous with "patents". In fact, patents are only one form of intellectual property. Other forms of intellectual property include trademarks, copyright, design rights, plant variety protection, etc. Of these, trademarks are used in business for the purpose of distinguishing the goods or services of one person from those of others.