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Researchers develop novel "smart" proteins programmed to turn genes on and off

Researchers have created artificial proteins that can control the activity of genes and other molecules in living cells in predetermined ways, an advance that can be used to program the behaviour of more complex chemical and biological systems.

Low-cost indigenous swab for coronavirus testing developed

As per the guidelines of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, polymer swab is used for collection of a sample from the upper respiratory tract of a patient.

C-CAMP names five firms that will help in combating COVID19

The Bengaluru-based incubator for life sciences has named top five near deployment-ready COVID-19 innovations that include Coeo Labs and Avyantra in assistive respiratory devices, AnaBio in preventatives and CoSara and Ampligene in Diagnostics. C-CAMP said it would forward them to Industry partners and government agencies for support in immediate implementation.

Meteorological data relayed by aircraft goes down by 60% in India due to suspension of flights

India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General M Mohapatra said the data shared by the flights is used in forecast models, especially in the medium range in predicting weather over the span of 10 days.

COVID-19: US cheers Indian engineers for building low-cost ventilator

The United States, which as per latest projections is expecting between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths due to the coronavirus, requires thousands of ventilators in the next few weeks.

COVID-19 changed how the world does science, together

While political leaders have locked their borders, scientists have been shattering theirs, creating a global collaboration unlike any in history. Never before, researchers say, have so many experts in so many countries focused simultaneously on a single topic and with such urgency. Nearly all other research has ground to a halt.

Toaster-sized ventilator from India helps hospitals in virus fight

The AgVa plant near the capital New Delhi has been given permission to work flat out to make what could be a key weapon when India has to fully confront the pandemic. The makers say the AgVa -- which weighs just 3.5 kilos (7.7 pounds) -- will help move less critical patients back to their homes as their machine is easy to transport and install.

IISc building indigenous ventilator prototype for COVID- 19 patients

To address this shortage, a team of engineers at IISc here is building a prototype of an electro-mechanical ventilator from scratch, using only components found or made in India, based on guidelines issued by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. al thousands more may need to be produced very quickly.

US scientists link BCG vaccination with fewer coronavirus cases, Indian scientists hopeful but cautious

"We found that countries without universal policies of BCG vaccination, such as Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States, have been more severely affected compared to countries with universal and long-standing BCG policies," noted the researchers led by Gonzalo Otazu, assistant professor of biomedical sciences at NYIT.

Aggressive action on cluster infection cases can act as speed breaker for COVID-19, say experts

Professor K Srinath Reddy, president of the Public Health Foundation of India, said that emergence of clusters can act like smoke detectors and a very important signal for strongly focused efforts for case and contact tracing and effective measures to quickly isolate them to prevent further spread.

Coronavirus can travel up to 8 metres from exhalation, linger in air for hours, MIT scientist says

Coronavirus can travel up to 8 metres from exhalation, linger in air for hours, MIT scientist says

The current physical distancing guidelines provided by WHO and by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may not be adequate to curb the coronavirus spread, according to a research which says the gas cloud from a cough or sneeze may help virus particles travel up to 8 metres.

COVID-19: IIT researchers developing robots to deliver food, medicines to patients in isolation wards

COVID-19: IIT researchers developing robots to deliver food, medicines to patients in isolation wards

The team from IIT Guwahati's Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering departments believes the move will reduce human intervention in isolation wards.

Coronavirus: IIT Guwahati students develop drone to sanitise large areas

Coronavirus: IIT Guwahati students develop drone to sanitise large areas

The student group, which has a start-up called "Racerfly", has approached the Assam and Uttarakhand governments offering to join the fight against the coronavirus pandemic with their sprayer system which they claim can accomplish the task in less than 15 minutes which would otherwise take a person 1.5 days of work.

IESA asks ISRO type commission for electronics

IESA asks ISRO type commission for electronics

"We are envisaging the creation of National Electronics Mission on the similar lines of Indian space research organisation (Isro) for spearheading all these activities and for making India a design led manufacturing hub for the world,” Dr. Satya Gupta, Vice Chairman, IESA said in a statement.

Robots help combat COVID-19 in world, and maybe soon in India too

Robots help combat COVID-19 in world, and maybe soon in India too

The World Health Organisation has advised physical distancing for people around the world to prevent community level transmission of COVID-19.

Rising awareness among respondents about quarantine helped implementation of lockdown: IIT Kharagpur study

Rising awareness among respondents about quarantine helped implementation of lockdown: IIT Kharagpur study

The study was conducted at IIT Kharagpur’s Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management, Dept. of Civil Engineering. It covered 400-plus cities in 28 states and 4 UTs of India upto March 22. The work will help formulate potential strategic interventions and policy measures for combating any future events of similar nature.

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