Microfluidics

Electrical Manipulation in Microfluidics

With the success of the project “Programmable droplet”, a new era has begun to the field of microfluidics. Microfluidics is an interdisciplinary branch that deals with the behavior, precise control and manipulation of fluids whose sizes are geometrically constrained to small scale. This branch has vast practical applications, especially in molecular biology. Microfluidics has led to the creation of powerful tools for biologists to control … Continue reading Electrical Manipulation in Microfluidics

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antibiotic

The Risk of Antibiotic Overuse and Misuse

Antibiotics are generally prescribed to treat a specific bacterial infection like Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), Strep Throat, Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Acne, ear infection, etc. The misuse of the same can lead to the specific bacterial resistance. In a disease-system, antibiotic resistance can be developed through transformation, transposon and by scavenging DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) remnants. Antibiotics also stop functioning when a bacteria’s self-defending system gets modified. To … Continue reading The Risk of Antibiotic Overuse and Misuse

Gene Therapy

Gene Therapy to Help People Overcome METH Addiction

Instead of using drugs or surgery, gene therapy is the modern experimental technique to treat or prevent any genetic disease. But a team at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences thinks that the same phenomena can be used to treat the disease of addiction by counteracting the high therapeutic concentrations that methamphetamine (METH) produces (In this context we should remember that currently there are no medications available to treat methamphetamine abuse disorders). Continue reading Gene Therapy to Help People Overcome METH Addiction

FUGU

FUGU – Poisonous but Delicious

The flavor of food items varies with the different communities living in this wondrous planet. People seismically enlarge their tastes by finding different cooking recipes, both on vegetarian and non-vegetarian items. Out of such items, fishes remain as a regular food item for different bunches of people in this world. It may be known to some people that there are some countries (Japan, Korea, China) … Continue reading FUGU – Poisonous but Delicious

Picobalance

Picobalance – Weighing Single Cells in Your Body

When was the last time you measured your weight? Were you happy or depressed seeing the result on the scale? It does not matter how your body weight is changing, the cells you are made of are always fluctuating in fast millisecond time-scale (1/1000th of a second) and in tiny ‘picogram’ (10-12 gm) amount. This fluctuation of mass in single cells is the signature of … Continue reading Picobalance – Weighing Single Cells in Your Body

Stress

Your Language Can Tell About Your Body’s Hidden Response to Stress

When you visit your psychologist, a couple of questions you may come across – “How stressed you feel during your daily activities?” “Could you please rate your stress level on a 0-10 scale during different activities?” But answering these questions is very difficult as sometimes we are stressed because we are not aware of the same and sometimes the patients are not in the stage … Continue reading Your Language Can Tell About Your Body’s Hidden Response to Stress

Bionic Eye

Bionic Eye: The Future of Vision Impairment

There is nothing more blissful than to see the world with our own eyes. Unfortunately, some of us don’t have the ability to enjoy it. According to a WHO report, an estimated 253 million people live with vision impairment all over the world. Among which 36 million are completely blind and 217 million have moderate to severe vision difficulty. Although organ donation is a possible … Continue reading Bionic Eye: The Future of Vision Impairment

tulsi

Tulsi Plant – A Medicinal Herb

Plants have been used for medicinal purposes long before prehistoric period. Although medical sciences prosper in developing good quality drugs but need the allocation of such herbs directly. One of such plant herbs is Ocimum tenuiflorum (synonym Ocimum sanctum), which is commonly known as holy basil or Tulasi (Sanskrit word). The tulsi shrub is an erect plant which grows to a height of 50 to … Continue reading Tulsi Plant – A Medicinal Herb

Pesticide

Honey and Contents of Pesticide

Honey is a sweet, viscous food produced by bees, it is the main food for the growing larvae of the bees. Bees produce honey from the sugary secretions of plants through regurgitation, enzymatic activity, and water evaporation, and store it in wax structures called honeycombs. A recent study reveals that significant exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides (a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine) harms … Continue reading Honey and Contents of Pesticide

Positron Emission Tomography

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a medical imaging procedure, this technique provides images of the affected areas in the brain and other tissues. Tomographic images are two-dimensional “slices” of parts of the body. PET is unique from other imaging procedures like MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and X-ray CT (Computer Tomography) where it can provide real-time images of a physiologic process. A positron emitter is attached … Continue reading Positron Emission Tomography (PET)