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The spike protein: Decoding the coronavirus’s ‘crown jewel’

The spike protein: Decoding the coronavirus’s ‘crown jewel’

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The novel coronavirus uses spike proteins scattered on its surface to break into our cells. Unravelling this protein’s structure has helped scientists better understand how the virus spreads, and shaped drug and vaccine development.

 

CSIR’s role in COVID-19 crisis

CSIR’s role in COVID-19 crisis

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The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is the largest publicly funded R&D organization in the country. We spoke to Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, the Director General, about CSIR’s role in the COVID-19 crisis. In this “as told to” article, Dr. Mande outlines the various strategies and efforts being undertaken in CSIR labs to combat the pandemic.

 

Telemedicine and teleconsultation in the era of COVID-19

Telemedicine and teleconsultation in the era of COVID-19

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Going to a hospital can be stressful for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for those in high-risk groups. Fortunately, hospitals are increasingly embracing telemedicine as a convenient alternative. New guidelines have also been outlined to encourage this practice amidst the crisis. Cancer patients require special consideration during the COVID-19 pandemic, and telemedicine can safely attend to many of their daily needs, enable independence, and improve the overall quality of life.

 

Testing for COVID-19: Here’s What You Need to Know

Testing for COVID-19: Here’s What You Need to Know

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An FAQ on the types of tests available for COVID-19 and the main differences between them.

 

Digital literacy in the midst of an outbreak

Digital literacy in the midst of an outbreak

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The COVID-19 crisis and the physical distancing measures to control it have forced educators to connect with their students remotely. As a result, digital tools have become a necessity, not just an accessory, in their pedagogical toolkit. In this article, Charu Dogra Rawat, an educator at Ramjas College, New Delhi, and a digital literacy champion provides an overview of some of the online platforms and resources that can help educators engage with their students in a bidirectional teaching-learning process, even remotely.

 

Being a scientist in the post-COVID world: In conversation with Jyotsna Dhawan

Being a scientist in the post-COVID world: In conversation with Jyotsna Dhawan

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought science and scientists to the forefront of public scrutiny. At the same time, it has forced many scientists to take a step back and introspect as lockdown procedures are implemented throughout the country. We spoke to Jyotsna Dhawan, Emeritus Scientist at CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, about the impact the current situation has had on the way scientific research is conducted in our country, and the lessons scientists can take away from it for the future.

 

CRISPR: a genetic surgical strike against COVID-19

CRISPR: a genetic surgical strike against COVID-19

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A new study explores the possibility of using CRISPR, a gene-editing tool, to inhibit the activity of the novel coronavirus

 

Will the scorching Indian summer provide respite from COVID-19?

Will the scorching Indian summer provide respite from COVID-19?

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From the time news of the pandemic began, it was believed that summers would tone down the number of COVID-19 cases. Is this really true? A team of researchers have found that the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, is indeed sensitive to higher temperatures. However, only time can tell whether this would translate to reduced transmission of the disease or deflate the virulence of the virus.

 

Candidate Therapeutics for COVID-19: Current Scenario and Future Possibilities

Candidate Therapeutics for COVID-19: Current Scenario and Future Possibilities

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Dr. Karishma Kaushik answers five pressing questions on the current search for candidate therapeutics that can combat the COVID-19 infection.

 

Excerpts of the speech by Dr. K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser on Arogya Setu

Excerpts of the speech by Dr. K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser on Arogya Setu

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K. VijayRaghavan is the principal scientific adviser to the Government of India. He is also professor emeritus and the former director of the National Centre of Biological Sciences, Bangalore. He has been part of the ICTS-TIFR Management Board since its inception. Here are excerpts from his speech about Aarogya Setu, an integrated data and decision support platform to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, on the digital platform Digital India Learning.

 

Interview with Prof. Gautam Menon

Interview with Prof. Gautam Menon

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Gautam I. Menon is a professor of physics and computational biology at Ashoka University, Sonepat, and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai. In the interview with Ananya Dasgupta he answers our questions about the global pandemic COVID-19, especially in the Indian context. This interview first appeared in Vol. VI, Issue 1 of ICTS News: https://www.icts.res.in/sites/default/files/newsletter-2020-vol-6-issue-1_0.pdf. Please be aware that some information given in this interview may be dated.

 

COVID-19: What happens inside you?

COVID-19: What happens inside you?

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What happens when the novel coronavirus infects a human cell? What’s behind the symptoms of COVID-19, and how does the body respond?