The eye of the fly
Is wondrous indeed,
For capturing images
At uncanny speeds.
The molecular signal
That makes this possible,
Recent work from Deepa Agashe’s and Radhika Venkatesan’s groups has shown that female red flour beetles reproduce better in male-dominated groups than in unbiased or female-dominated groups.
You and I live in a sensory world—sight, sound, touch and taste blend to give us a sense of our surroundings. However, imagine perceiving the world as a fly, with a brain the size of a pinhead. Yet many insects with miniscule brains manage to do exactly what we do—identify objects like a flower, or a plant.
Upinder Bhalla and Yamuna Krishnan awarded the 2017 Infosys Prize for life sciences and physical sciences
The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) congratulates its current faculty member Upinder Bhalla, and former faculty member Yamuna Krishnan on winning the 2017 Infosys Prize in the life sciences and physical sciences categories!
The Infosys Prize celebrates the awardees’ outstanding achievements and is intended to honor them for the excellence of their work in their respective fields.
A novel regulator for membrane traffic in cells has been discovered by a team of scientists from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (TIFR) and the Babraham Institute. The molecule, Phosphatidylinositol 5-phosphate 4-kinase or PIP4K is a molecular overseer of membrane dynamics that functions as a negative regulator of endocytosis.
Horse taming does not generally come to mind in connection with molecular biophysics, where one studyies the shape, structure and dynamics of proteins and DNA. However, scientists from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) in India and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), USA, have found two enzymes that interact with each other in a manner somewhat like a trainer taming a wild mustang.
After much deliberation and anxiety, the family finally sought psychiatric help for their son. And the results were in a way, a relief. The doctors’ verdict was that their child, their teenage son, was suffering from bipolar disorder. His wild mood swings between hyper-enthusiastic activity and deep depression were treatable.
Dans les champs de l'observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés.
In the fields of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind.
- Louis Pasteur
The rise of the apple maggot fly – how an altered sense of smell could drive the formation of new species
“Two months ago, we were congratulating ourselves on a fair crop of winterapples. To all appearance, they were freer from worms than we had known them
Mrs. M would never forget that day. She was walking along a busy road next to the vegetable market when two goons zipped past on a bike. One man’s hand shot out and grabbed the chain around her neck. The next instant, she had stumbled to her knees, and was dragged along in the wake of the bike. Thankfully, the chain snapped, and she got away with a mildly bruised neck. Though dazed by the incident, Mrs. M was fine until a week after the incident.
Then, the nightmares began.