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Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has named NCBS Assistant Professor Yamuna Krishnan the recipient of the 2013 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for Chemical Sciences. This recognition is based on Krishnan's efforts to study the structure and dynamics of nucleic acids and exploit this understanding to make nanosensors that provide insights into the cell's chemical milieu. The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize is an annual award conferred by the CSIR in India. It was instituted in 1957 in honour of the late Dr. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, founder Director and principal architect of CSIR. Over 450 scientists and technologists from various disciplines of science have been awarded this prize for their outstanding contributions to research and development. Each award carries a citation, cash prize of INR 5,00,00, a plaque and an honorarium till retirement.

Saturday, November 6th, 2010
A team of scientists, led by Dr. Raghu Padinjat at the National Centre of Biological Sciences, Bangalore, has recently described an ion channel in Drosophila that is required for zinc homeostasis during animal development. This study, reported in the October issue of Cell Metabolism and done in collaboration with scientists at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge and Uniklinikum des Saarlandes, Germany has significant practical implications, since zinc is used in the treatment of acute and persistent diarrhea in children.

Childhood diarrhea accounts for a high incidence of mortality in developing countries. Every year, almost 1.5 million children under the age of 5 years die from diarrhea, more than 80% of them in Africa and Asia. A number of studies have found a correlation between the time and dosage of zinc supplementation and alleviation of diarrhea symptoms. The World Health Organization now recommends the use of low-osmolarity oral rehydration solutions, together with zinc supplementation for the treatment of diarrhea. However, the molecular basis for the physiological efficacy of zinc in this setting is ill-defined.

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