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How one Indian institute is contributing to the battle against COVID-19

How one Indian institute is contributing to the battle against COVID-19

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With improved strategies to fight, prevent, and treat COVID-19 being the need of the hour, many Indian institutes and universities have redirected their research activities towards meeting this challenge. Suchibrata provides a glimpse into how various researchers at one such institute, the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune, are contributing to this effort through innovative research solutions.

 

How seven Indian labs coped with the immediate aftermath of a global health crisis

How seven Indian labs coped with the immediate aftermath of a global health crisis

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The nationwide lockdown, imposed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, brought the work of several professionals across the country to a grinding halt, and scientists were no exception. From creating emergency glycerol stocks and shifting meetings online to dedicating themselves wholeheartedly to the pandemic efforts, here is a look at how researchers across India have dealt with this unprecedented situation.

 

Update: Is the novel coronavirus evolving?

Update: Is the novel coronavirus evolving?

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The article ‘Is the novel coronavirus evolving?’ provided insights on different studies carried out worldwide on genomic mutations of SARS-CoV2. This follow-up article discusses some key findings from genome sequencing studies done in India.

 

Is the novel coronavirus evolving?

Is the novel coronavirus evolving?

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One of the reasons why viral infections can be difficult to treat is the high mutation rate displayed by many viruses, which can sometimes allow them to evade our immune systems and develop resistance to drugs. In this article, Shivani looks into the evidence gathered by scientists around the world on mutations in the genome of SARS-CoV‑2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

 

Researchers in Lockdown: COVID-19 as an opportunity to redefine our research problems

Researchers in Lockdown: COVID-19 as an opportunity to redefine our research problems

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In this series, we ask scientists from different backgrounds, disciplines and career stages to reflect upon their life in lock-down and how it has influenced how they approach doing science. In this article, Ashutosh K Singh writes about how the pandemic should inform our research directions, especially when it comes to finding innovative solutions to new problems.

 

Innovations to make India self-reliant in tackling COVID-19

Innovations to make India self-reliant in tackling COVID-19

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With the COVID-19 pandemic causing massive disruptions in our healthcare system, many Indian innovators are rising to the challenge. In this article, Vanshika explores some new technologies and ingenious solutions developed by Indian researchers from academia as well as industry that are currently in the pipeline

 

Testing for COVID-19 antibodies

Testing for COVID-19 antibodies

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In this Q&A, Rahul Roy, Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, IISc, discusses how antibody tests work and what they are useful for in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

 

How do infections jump from animals to humans?

How do infections jump from animals to humans?

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An interview with Uma Ramakrishnan where she discusses how evolutionary approaches can be used to better understand zoonoses, and the transmission of the coronavirus to other animals, including tigers and pet cats and dogs.

 

Researchers in lockdown: Notes of a physics professor

Researchers in lockdown: Notes of a physics professor

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In this new series, we ask scientists from different backgrounds, disciplines and career stages to reflect upon their life in lock-down and how it has influenced how they approach doing science. In this article, Sharath Ananthamurthy discusses the feeling of disorientation brought about by the lockdown and the various ways in which he and family adjusted to the new reality.

 

The history and science of mask-wearing

The history and science of mask-wearing

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Masks are one of our simplest, cheapest and most effective allies in the war against COVID-19. In this article, Madhuri looks back at the hundred-year-old history of using masks to prevent plagues and pandemics and the science behind what makes them so strategically important as a public health tool.

 

Battling high blood pressure in the COVID-19 era

Battling high blood pressure in the COVID-19 era

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Hypertension has emerged as a comorbidity in some COVID-19 patients, sparking the speculation that it is a risk factor for COVID-19. The aim of this article is to provide a bird’s eye view on combating hypertension during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Comorbidities and COVID-19

Comorbidities and COVID-19

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The elderly and those with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection. Dr. Maheema Bhaskar describes how patients with risk factors are reacting to COVID-19, and how they are being managed.