Delta variant evaded Covid antibody gained, claims study

Published on June 19, 2021 AHMEDABAD: Rajesh Bhatt, Ahmedabad chief fire officer, bucked the general perception that if you get infected with Covid-19 once, there are less chances of second infection due to development of antibodies. The CFO got infected a second time in April, barely 30 days after he had contracted Covid-19 the first … Continue reading Delta variant evaded Covid antibody gained, claims study

‘Herbs can complement Covid antivirals’

Published on May 17, 2021 AHMEDABAD: Traditional wisdom of using herbs and ayurvedic medicines such as yashtimadhu (liquorice/jethimadh) and harde (haritaki) along with allopathy medicines in treatment of Covid-19 just got a scientific thumbs up. An in-silico (virtual simulation) study carried out by the scientists from Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC) and Gujarat State Biotechnology … Continue reading ‘Herbs can complement Covid antivirals’

‘Wastewater can help discern viral spread’

Published on April 13, 2021 AHMEDABAD: The viral load in wastewater can give a fair indication of the pandemic spread and trend. That is the conclusion of a recent analysis of wastewater of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, and Gandhinagar carried out by the researchers from IIT-Gn and Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC). The paper, ‘Comparative analysis of … Continue reading ‘Wastewater can help discern viral spread’

Ahmedabad: Bacteria and fungi that snack on plastic found on Mt Pirana

Published on March 10, 2021 AHMEDABAD: A potential weapon in the war against plastic waste has been found here in Ahmedabad. A group of researchers has found tiny plastic-eating bacteria at Pirana, which can be engineered to cut the city’s garbage mountain to size. In the first such study at the solid waste management (SWM) … Continue reading Ahmedabad: Bacteria and fungi that snack on plastic found on Mt Pirana

UK strain scare: 5% of positive samples to be sequenced in Gujarat

Published on March 7, 2021 AHMEDABAD: The state government has decided to send 5% of the RT-PCR positive cases randomly for genetic sequencing to ascertain the presence of different variants of Covid-19 in Gujarat. The decision has come in the wake of three Covid-19 cases in Surat which tested positive for the UK strain. A … Continue reading UK strain scare: 5% of positive samples to be sequenced in Gujarat

‘Genetic factors in Gujarat behind high morbidity’

Published on March 2, 2021 Ahmedabad: Gujaratis may want to blame the ‘foreign gene variants’ behind the high morbidity and mortality among the Covid-19 patients in Gujarat, but it could be their own specific genetic makeup, revealed a study carried out by state government-run Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC). A paper titled ‘Host genetic factors … Continue reading ‘Genetic factors in Gujarat behind high morbidity’

‘Covid-19 more severe for autoimmune rare disorders’

Published on February 28, 2021 Ahmedabad: The patients of rare diseases – primarily affected by genetic disorders – are more prone to Covid-19 infection, said city-based experts. February 28 is marked as Rare Diseases Day globally to create awareness about the diseases which are difficult to diagnose and some of which are difficult to treat. … Continue reading ‘Covid-19 more severe for autoimmune rare disorders’

‘Information on Covid-19 composition is crucial’

Published on April 17, 2020 An interview with Prof Chaitanya G Joshi, director of Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC) and Dr Madhvi Joshi, joint director, GBRC, after the centre completed genome sequencing for Covid-19, becoming one of the first government-funded labs in India to do so. Prof Chaitanya Joshi and Dr Madhvi Joshi; Images from … Continue reading ‘Information on Covid-19 composition is crucial’