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Neutrino Oscillations induced by Space-time Context: A study conducted by the National Centre for Basic Sciences (SNBNCBS) showed that the geometry of space-time can cause neutrinos to oscillate. The study was supported under the Department of Science & Technology (DST) What are Neutrinos? TheyRead more
ZyCov-D vaccine, the world’s first DNA vaccine Context: Ahmedabad-based ZydusCadila has applied to Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), the national drugs regulator, seeking emergency use authorization (EUA) for ZyCov-D, its Covid-19 vaccine. If approved by the regulator, ZyCov-D wilRead more
World Chagas Disease Day Context: For the first time, the global community is preparing to celebrate 14 April as the first World Chagas Disease Day. About: Chagas disease, also called American trypanosomiasis, has been termed as a “silent and silence disease”, not only because of its slowly progressRead more
New tick-borne virus in China Context: A new infection disease called Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS), caused by a tick-borne virus has killed seven and infected at least 60 in China. What is SFTS Virus? Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV) belongs to the BunyRead more
Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) Context: Karnataka government has allocated Rs. 15 crores for establishing a research center on Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) in Sagar, Karnataka. About: Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) is caused by Kyasanur Forest disease Virus (KFDV), a member of the virus family FlavivRead more
ICMR warns India of the ‘Cat Que Virus’ Context: Even as the world is still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) scientists have found another virus, the ‘Cat Que Virus,’ reported mainly in China. What is Cat Que Virus? CQV belongs to the Simbu serogrouRead more
Huntingtin Disease Context: A team of scientists from the National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS) observed that the pathogenic Huntingtin protein causes a decrease in the overall protein production in cells. About: Huntington's disease (HD) is a progressive genetic disorder affecting the brain thatRead more
Deconstructing SARS-CoV-2 virus Context: The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2 virus) has affected more than half a million people across the globe. About: SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV) – virus was identifi ed in 2003. SARS-CoV iRead more
Classical Swine Fever Context: Amid the Coronavirus outbreak, 1300 pigs died of Classical Swine Fever (CSF) in Assam. About: Classical swine fever (CSF), also known as hog cholera, is a contagious viral disease of domestic and wild swine. It is caused by a virus of the genus Pestivirus of the familyRead more
Hantavirus in China Context: Reports have emerged of another virus, termed the Hantavirus, surfacing in China, at a time when the country was on a path to recovery from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. About: The Hantavirus comes from a family of viruses that spreads mainly from roRead more