Stressors when applicable on two individuals in given circumstances can yield different results. They may force one to be mentally retarded or disabled while other may pass out unharmed. Why is it that stressors – like death or bankruptcy – can be life altering for one individual and unknowingly to other? What is it that differentiates the consequences even when the circumstances are similar? This ambiguity has haunted many philosophers and many researches have been done to discover the cause of this abnormality. Scientists from Duke University, Durham have started […]
Big Data Helpful For Innovation But There is a Need to Strike a Balance Say Panel of Global Young Scientists
During a discussion by a panel chaired by Professor Arnoud de Mayer, President of Singapore Management University at the Global Young Scientists Summit organized by the National Research Foundation of Singapore and held in Singapore from 18th to 23rd January there were several interesting insights into scientific research and impacts of big data. The Panel’s agenda was discussions on Turning Insights into Innovation. Nobel Laureate Aaron Ciechanover and Michael Levitt, Shafi Goldwasser, winner of Turing Award and Michael Gratzel, winner of Millenium Technology Prize in 2010, constituted members of the […]
Open Research and Open Data received a strong boost with the announcement of the world’s strongest policy by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. One of the provisos o the Policy is that researchers funded by the Foundation would be restricted from publishing their findings in Science and Nature or other similar journals. However, it also provides that all researchers must, as of January 2015, make all results of their papers and data sets public once they are published and that such research must be made available for commercial exploitation. […]
The latest scandal doing the rounds of the scientific world involves stem cells. A claim that the exposure of ordinary cells to stress gave rise to stem cells has been invested by RIKEN, a Japanese research institution. The investigation was headed by a committee made up of seven members from outside the institution to investigate the claim originating from within and, in all probability, the said stem cells were originally sourced from embryonic stem cells. The matter is contamination is also under investigation. Two teams, one of them headed by […]
Scientists developed recombinant DNA technology in the early seventies but may not have been aware of the immense possibilities this promised in the field of medicine, food production and technologies. Herbert Boyer genetically engineered the insulin gene in Escherichia coli and diabetes treatment changed forever. Since then recombinant DNA and biotech have made giant strides in pharmaceuticals and in agriculture with over 170 million hectares now producing higher than expected produce thanks to genetically modified plants.