In popular perception, micro organisms, especially bacteria and viruses, are often linked to disease. This kind of perception is definitely not without a reason. Pathogenic agents have been responsible for so many deaths over the years that diseases like the plague have shaped the course of human history. But do you know microbes are actually necessary for us to stay healthy, that there are 100 times … Continue reading Conductors in the Gut that tune the Brain: The Microbiome story
Coffee is among the most consumed beverages in the world. For crores of people around the world, their day begins with a cup of coffee. It is supposed to help people get over their morning blues. It is also supposed to make you feel less tired at the end of a long work day. So, how does coffee work? Apart from a feeling of being energized, it seems to have other effects. What are those? Read on to know more. Continue reading Interesting science: Coffee, Sleep and Sugar
Sugar hogging by cancer cells could help in targeting them.
Spider venom to the rescue in treating stroke.
Bacteria that treat heart attack. Continue reading Interesting Science This Week. Week 8
Originally posted on January 06, 2017 at my blogger site. In our modern liberal society, a great deal of effort has gone into eliminating the differences in how women are treated from men. In nature, however, male and female sexes have well defined roles in ensuring that perpetuation and evolution of life is not interrupted. Recently published research has indicated that the distinct biological roles … Continue reading Interesting Science This Week. Week 7
Originally posted on July 30, 2016 at my blogger site. The basic idea of of immunization is to inject inactivated pathogens or their parts which then activates and prepares the body’s immune system to fight infection by live pathogen in future. Development of innate immunity in the body involves production of specific proteins called antibodies which will identify the pathogen during an infection. After antibody … Continue reading Interesting Science This Week. Week 6
Originally posted on July 23, 2016 at my blogger site. Bacteria in your stomach is making you fat. That is the conclusion from a recent study published in the journal Nature. It is reported that the gut microbiome, a collective term for bacteria and other microbes that reside in the stomach of humans and other animals, could be responsible for the development of obesity in those … Continue reading Interesting Science This Week. Week 5
Originally posted on July 03, 2016 at my blogger site. Have you ever been to a hospital for a health check-up and wondered, while the doctors and nurses were poking needles and probes all over your body, if there was an easy, less painful way to do things? Worry not, the science gods have answered your prayers. According to a recently published research report, the … Continue reading Interesting Science This Week. Week 4
Originally posted on June 24, 2016 at my blogger site. Every time one ventures to watch a movie in India now a days, you are subjected to the gory images of cancerous tissues, patients etc and are warned about the relation between use of tobacco and incidence of cancer. You are probably aware that cancer happens because of changes to the DNA in a cell … Continue reading Interesting Science This Week. Week 3
Originally posted on June 17, 2016 at my blogger site. As kids we heard the story of a crow that strategizes by using pebbles to bring the level of water in a pot to the brim so it can drink. We have also heard parrots that were trained to speak like humans. For a very long time in human history, messenger pigeons served as the … Continue reading Interesting Science This Week. Week 2
Originally posted on June 13, 2016 at my blogger site There are two types of tumors that are formed in the body. Benign tumors, as the name suggests, aren’t generally dangerous. They are compact, grow slowly, tend to remain in the organ where they are formed and do not spread to other organs. Malignant tumors, on the other hand, are responsible for causing cancer in … Continue reading Interesting Science This Week. Week 1