Explained: How corona may hijack human cells

Researchers have identified parts of human proteins which the novel coronavirus could be using to hijack host cell processes, an advance that may lead to the development of new drugs for treating Covid-19. Continue Reading

Can biosensors detect Covid antibodies?

Scientists have developed new protein-based biosensors that glow when mixed with components of the novel coronavirus or specific Covid-19 antibodies, a breakthrough that could enable faster and more widespread testing for the disease. Continue Reading

Harsh Vardhan confident of defeating pandemic

The world is on verge of defeating the coronavirus pandemic by adopting preemptive, proactive and collaborative strategies to combat the virus, said Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. Continue Reading

Vitamin D & immunity are interconnected: Experts

Several months into the pandemic, experts have now said that there is a definite connect between Vitamin D, the ‘sunshine vitamin’, and the immune response to the coronavirus. Continue Reading

Editorial: New beginning

After the coronavirus impact shrank the economy in the last two quarters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government wants to boost spending on projects for roads, ports and pipelines in the next fiscal year to revive businesses and generate jobs. Continue Reading

Each year 1,000 Pakistan girls forcibly converted to Islam

Neha loved the hymns that filled her church with music. But she lost the chance to sing them last year when, at the age of 14, she was forcibly converted from Christianity to Islam and married to a 45-year-old man with children twice her age. Continue Reading

Japan wants India to ‘commit more’ to coalition

Describing India as ‘Asia’s gravity point’, Japanese Deputy Minister of Defence Yasuhide Nakayama has said his country would like to see India ‘commit more’ towards the Quadrilateral coalition or Quad. Continue Reading

Editorial: World ‘war’

Even as scientists in the UK are investigating the impact of a new mutant variant of coronavirus, named VUI-202012/01, on children and whether its faster transmission in parts of England is down to the younger segment of the population, the head of Germany’s disease control center has said it will probably be several weeks before infections in the country, which is nearly a week into a toughened lockdown, start to decline. Continue Reading

Oxford English Dictionary names ‘words of the year’

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) announced on Monday for the first time that it has chosen not to name one single word of the year, but many words for the unprecedented year 2020. Continue Reading

Editorial: Virus, viral

While coronavirus is threatening the whole world today, the one which sent shock waves in the 80s and 90s was HIV that caused AIDS. However, effective measures taken to check Human Immunodeficiency Virus have yielded good results, especially in a populated country like India. Continue Reading