Read the live blog feed from YIM 2014 in Hotel Sitara, Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad. Aditi Bhattacharya (NYU), Deepti Chandraprakash, Nandini Rajamani Robin, Arnab Chakraborty, and the team blog about key event as they happen.
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My family and I board the Kanyakumari Express at Bangalore destined for Kochi. The journey to Kochi was memorable, interactive. Going through scientific training and then getting a job is a lot like this train ride. It takes a while to complete, is sometimes bumpy, and often unpredictable. But it is interesting and interactive, especially if you are open to such possibilities.
Does the classroom really prepare students for a research career? An early, hands-on exposure to research intuitively seems a better introduction to real science. Most importantly, it would give students a chance to find out for themselves whether they really have a flair for research. The Phage Hunters Integrating Research and Education (PHIRE) program provides high school and undergraduate students just that.
A biosensor is an analytical device, which combines a bioreceptor - a biological recognition element - and a transducer. The bioreceptor can be organisms, tissues, cells, enzymes, antibodies, nucleic acids, etc and detects the target analyte while the transducer can be electrochemical, optical, thermal or mechanical in nature and converts the recognition event into a measurable signal.
Mosquitoes seek us out by detecting the carbon dioxide we exhale and our natural body odors. A research team from Riverside, California demonstrates that the same group of neurons act as detectors for both, thus establishing them as a prime target for manipulation. They use computational methods to find compounds that alter the mosquitoes' behaviour and potentially help us dodge the relentless mosquitoes -- both by making ourselves invisible to them as well as luring them into traps.