The International Meeting on Neuromodulation of Behaviour will commence at Bangalore's National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) on 29th October 2014. The two-day conference aims to bring together neuroscientists studying neuromodulatory inputs and how they influence natural behavior in organisms.
Biologists at NCBS, Bangalore have identified stem-cell like myogenic progenitors giving rise to adult flight muscles and delineated the mechanism of regulation of proliferation of these cells via the neighbouring epidermal cells. This work by Rajesh Gunage, from the laboratory of K. VijayRaghavan, is a promising step towards building an understanding of muscle biology in the context of muscle regeneration.
Can you describe some highlights from your current research for me?
We study the evolution of eukaryotic cells. There are two kinds of cells on the planet: prokaryotes, such as morphologically simple bacteria and archaea, and then the relatively more complex eukaryotes - for example plant and animal cells, amoeba, paramecium, and so on. Eukaryotes have enclosed nuclei and compartmentalized organelles, which prokaryotes lack. Usually when you see such a big jump in complexity you expect to find intermediate forms, for example in the fossil record or in living organisms. The mystery is that there are no intermediate eukaryotes.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the institutes on our campus and The University of Dundee today to cement their active programme of scientific collaboration and, in particular, to launch their partnership to create a Drug Discovery Unit in Bangalore to tackle antimicrobial resistance.
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.
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.