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How to avoid inbreeding between endangered vultures

Using advanced genetics techniques, a recent study has estimated the relationship between vultures being reared in an extensive, pan-India conservation breeding programme. This information will be used to plan the breeding of the three “Critically Endangered” captive vulture populations, which will be used to supplement the highly depleted wild populations.

A system to deliver drugs to individual cells

A system to package and deliver drugs to each cell of your body, depending on its needs, has been developed at IISc. “Nanocapsules” made from a special type of material can now deliver drugs right inside cancer affected cells in the body.

An excellent articifical water repellant surface

An artificial surface that does not get wet, and retains its water repellant properties even when kept immersed has been developed at IISc. Researchers were able to control the time for which the water repellant property is maintained; they were also able to demonstrate that resistance to water flow past the surface is reduced. This can result in diverse applications like, better printers, and efficient and cheap blood testing.

Rods of the same size flock together

A collection of beads and rods, under certain circumstances, move in formations, just like flying birds. This may lead to novel methods for transporting cellular matter in the human body. This fascinating discovery is made by a team of scientists from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and the TIFR Center for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad. They have published their findings in the prestigious journal Nature Communications (Sep 3, 2014 issue).

What makes Mangalyaan such a feat?

Imagine your car has been idling for 6 months. If at all it starts, would it feel smooth? Last week, ISRO scientists punched in a few lines of code from Bangalore, and millions of kilometers away, Mangalyaan engines roared to life.

A two-drug cocktail for breast cancer

A “two drug cocktail” that can curb the growth of breast cancers has been developed at IISc. The drugs have been developed to target two cancer causing proteins, which have been found to make breast cancers more aggressive. The two drugs have been tested in mice, and two labs at IISc are working on developing versions that can be used in human trials.