• Seeking the location of MCPyV Integration in Merkel Cell Tumours

    Rare diseases are rarely studied in-depth, and rare cancers even less. Tackling this deficit of information, and understanding one rare, aggressive cancer has become the focus of research for Dr. Reety Arora at the National Centre for Biological Sciences. With collaborators at the ACTREC–Tata Memorial Centre and the University of Michigan, Dr.
  • VAGABONDING FEMALE BUTTERFLIES WEIGH IN ON REPRODUCTIVE STRATEGIES

    Reproductive function of female butterflies burdens their capabilities for long-distance flight, which may affect populations in a changing, uncertain world

     

  • Air pollution impacts the health of wild pollinators

    Our air is the one thing that surrounds all of us. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 9 of the world’s 10 most polluted cities are now in India. Yet, we have almost no idea how air pollution is affecting other organisms who breathe the same air as we do. In some of the first research in the world to try to address the physiological and molecular impacts of air pollution on our wild plants and animals, scientists from the Bangalore Life Science Cluster show that air pollution could be devastating for organisms we rely on most for our own survival – like the honey bee.

  • When close physical contacts are good, and guilt free

    Image description: Line drawing of the Drosophila head showing the compound eye (pink). Individual repeating units of the compund eye are seen and individual cellular structures superimposed in each unit. Image credit: Dr. Deepti Trivedi.

    Imagine diving into a eukaryotic cell.

  • Micromanaging calcium levels in neurons: From flies to humans

    Calcium is as vital to neurons as musical notes are for a song. Levels of calcium oscillate like crescendos, regulating neuronal communication, function and survival. Also, much like cringing to wrong notes, calcium imbalance is seldom tolerated by neurons. In fact, derailed cellular calcium levels are a harbinger of certain neurodegenerative disorders in humans. Hence to regulate calcium traffic, neurons harbor vigilant protein passages and compartments.

  • SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing effort

    COVID-19 response by scientists at DBT-inStem and NCBS-TIFR, Bengaluru

  • An extra topping of Lysine and why it matters to Baculovirus Ubiquitins

    Proteins often use Ubiquitin tags to be shuttled within cells or dispatched for degradation. Although small in demeanor, Ubiquitins are hugely influential.

  • Needle in a haystack: Computational search narrows down COVID-19 cure possibilities

    Along with the those on the frontlines, thousands of researchers around the world are working to identify the right approach to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic from various angles and disciplines. The search for effective treatment options and vaccinations for the SARS-CoV-2 has occupied scientists and medical researchers in recent months in an unprecedented manner.

  • STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: HOW BUTTERFLY CATERPILLARS SUSTAIN THEIR ASSOCIATION WITH COCKTAIL ANTS

    Advanced X-ray MicroCT technology offers unparalleled insights into the functional morphology of specialized organs that mediate interactions between butterfly caterpillars and their ant hosts

  • Tuberculosis: A mutiny against mycobacteria

    Tuberculosis (TB), popularly known as the White Plague, is one of the world’s deadliest infections. ‘Consuming’ millions of lives, the disease owes its success to the fervent microbe, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) that has been using every trick under its sleeve to outwit the host. Consequently, an understanding of host-microbe interactions has been of paramount importance to combat TB.

    Dr. Varadharajan Sundaramurthy and his team of researchers from the National Centre for Biological Sciences have been making significant progress in this front.

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