• The rise of the complex modern cell

    Complex modern cells - the ones that you and I are made up of - may be the result of a long-drawn courtship, rather than a hasty marriage between two types of structurally simple cells.

    Every modern eukaryotic cell is distinct from prokaryotic cells in two striking ways. One, eukaryotes possess mitochondria or 'powerhouses' that generate energy, and two, every eukaryotic cell is elaborately divided into dynamic compartments with distinct functions. The origin of these compartments has been a source of intense debate.

  • The late effects of stress: New insights into how the brain responds to trauma

    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.

  • NCBS welcomes new faculty member: Anjana Badrinarayanan

    The National Centre for Biological Sciences is delighted to welcome Anjana Badrinarayanan who joins the Centre as its newest faculty member.

  • The balancing act in membrane turnover: an enzyme that links endocytosis to membrane recycling

    Blink. When you wake up, the first thing you do is open your eyes and see.

  • NCBS Science Day Delights All

    The first edition of NCBS Science Day took place on Saturday, 12th November 2016. Over 600 kids from schools all around the state of Karnataka came to the campus and learnt about how science can be applied in every-day life. The event was a beautiful depiction of how people from all walks of life can convene to celebrate one passion; in this case, science. Several labs from NCBS and inStem provided experiments to demonstrate the uses of science in everyday life.

  • Early career Indian researchers attend special training program in iPS cell technology at Centre for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Japan

    Researchers in India and Japan have recently collaborated on a research program that will help accelerate translation of cutting-edge stem cell technology in context of human disease research in India.

  • Flying senses: How insects find objects in a big, big world

    In 1974, 39-year-old Ronald Prokopy was living in a small trailer with his wife and new-born son. Barely a year earlier, the couple had moved to Bailey's Harbor in Wisconsin, a tiny town with a population of about 600. The move was precipitated by two of Prokopy’s chief passions. His newly established orchard, ambitiously named ‘Prokopy Bio-Experimental Farm’ was one. His lifelong obsession with the apple maggot fly was the other.
  • New species of Pika discovered in the Sikkim Himalayas

    Researchers at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru have identified a new species of Pika, high up in the Sikkim Himalayas. In their recently published study, the group, including Dr Uma Ramakrishnan and her collaborators, probed the genetic origins of the little mammal, only to discover an entirely new lineage, with a unique evolutionary past. Their work is expected to pave the way for a deeper understanding of biodiversity in the Himalayan region.
  • How did the modern eukaryotic cell acquire its transport system?

    The inside of a present day plant or animal cell quite closely resembles a busy city. Like an urban metropolis with different districts interlinked by a traffic network, a cell has distinct compartments connected to each other by a dynamic transport system.

    One set of such interlinked compartments - the Golgi complex - is essential for many cellular functions, and a question that has long puzzled scientists is: how did such a complex compartment and traffic system arise within a cell?

  • A tail of gene expression

    Imagine trying to fly a kite without a tail. It swoops and loops and wiggles and finally crashes down into the ground. A kite without a tail is unstable, but add a tail at the right place, and your kite will fly steady.

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