Weekly Roundup: Biotechin.Asia

Weekly Highlights for July, 18 2016-July, 24 2016

Highlights 18-25 july

Where did it all go wrong? Scientists identify ‘cell of origin’ in skin cancers

Scientists have identified for the first time the ‘cell of origin’ – in other words, the first cell from which the cancer grows – in basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, and followed the chain of events that lead to the growth of these invasive tumours. Our skin is kept healthy by a constant turnover, with dying skin cells being shed and replaced by new cells. The process is maintained by ‘progenitor’ cells – the progeny of stem cells – that divide and ‘differentiate’ into fully-functional skin cells to replenish dying skin. These cells are in turn supported by a smaller population of ‘stem cells’, which remain silent, ready to become active and repair skin when it becomes damaged. Click here to read more…

How consumption of healthy foods could lead to overeating?

Are you on a strict diet regime and still not losing weight? Or are you a health-conscious person who feels that consuming healthy or nutritious food brings about little benefit to your body? Studies from the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research show that if we find a particular food to be healthy, we are likely to consume more of it. This essentially leads to the process of overeating. In this era where most of us are opting for healthier food options (i.e.Low carbohydrate diet, more vegetables, organic food alternatives), this is definitely a shocking news for us. Click here to read more…

In Focus: Shruti Srinivasan

Growing up in a typical Indian family, I have been exposed to numerous myths and misconceptions masquerading as the wisdom of the elders in the family. These “fun facts”, often a part of the advice dispensed by my grandmother would range from remote possibilities to the extremely absurd. A particular favorite of mine was her take on childhood obesity. She firmly believed that children who were obese in their early years would magically go on to become svelte, nimble teenagers, a fact that I desperately hoped would be true as I turned 13.  Click here to read more…

Alcohol consumption linked to at least 7 types of cancer

A new meta-review of published epidemiological studies supports the association of alcohol consumption with cancer at seven sites in the body. This is, by far, the strongest statement to have been made about the long-recognized association between alcohol and cancer. The review was published in the journal Addiction by Jennie Connor at the University of Otago in New Zealand. She says that alcohol is estimated to have caused about half a million deaths from cancer in 2012 alone. The epidemiological evidence for these conclusions comes from comprehensive reviews undertaken in the last 10 years by the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research.  Click here to read more…

Dr Shannon Olsson: naturalism, chemistry and neuroscience

Dr. Shannon Olsson, a chemical ecologist from Bangalore, first realized her love for the subject, when she isolated a pheromone mimic in her undergraduate chemistry class. From then on began her rare and exciting journey into the world of naturalism, chemistry and neuroscience, which she has used to understand the world around us a bit better. While she has studied and worked in labs all over the world conducting research that cuts across the fine lines between disciplines, she is currently positioned in the NICE lab at NCBS Bangalore as a Principal Investigator, working on deciphering the chemical basis of complex ecological interactions. Click here to read more…


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