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Cord Blood
The umbilical cord is the lifeline of the baby. It supplies oxygen, nutrients and most importantly, the immunity the baby needs. Umbilical cord blood also contains stem cells - the basic cells of life. Modern science is now able to harness the power of these stem cells.
Stem Cells are the 'master cells' of the body. They have the potential to grow into different types of body cells. For example, they can potentially be transformed into red blood cells that carry oxygen, white blood cells that fight infection, platelets that promote clotting and other individual tissues. This unique ability of stem cells creates a very exciting option for medical treatment.
If there is a family history of blood cancers or thalassemia, or, unfortunately, any older sibling is suffering from any of these disorders, cord blood can be a potential lifeline.

Studies have proved that cord blood stem cells can be used to treat various life-threatening diseases such as:

Acute Leukemias
Chronic Leuke…

North-Eastern Hill University–Admission Notice

Applications in the prescribed form are invited for admission to the courses of study in the North Eastern Hill University for the academic session commencing from August, 2011. The courses offered are as indicated below against each of the
SHILLONG CAMPUS Ph.D: Anthropology M.A/M.Sc. & Ph.D., Adult & Continuing Education M.A. in Adult & Continuing Education & Ph.D., Bio-Chemistry  M.Sc. & Ph.D., Botany M.Sc. in Botany/M.Sc. in Plant Molecular Biology & Ph.D., Biotechnology & Bioinformatics  M.Sc. & Ph.D., Basic Science & Social Science  Ph.D.,  Chemistry  M.Sc. & Ph.D.,  Commerce  M.Com. & Ph.D., Cultural & Creative Studies M.A. in Folkloristics, P.G. Diploma in Music/Painting & Ph.D. in Performing Arts., Economics M.A. & Ph.D.,  Education  M.A./M.Ed. & Ph.D., English M.A. & Ph.D., Environmental Studies M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences & Ph.D., Geography M.A./M.Sc., M.Phil, P.G. Diploma in Geoinform…


Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) is implementing since last 16 years, a scheme of practical industrial training for M.Sc./M.Tech./B.E./B.Tech. Biotechnology students. The objective of this progamme is to provide industry-specific training to Biotech students for skill development and enhancing their job opportunities in biotech industry. This programme provides an opportunity to Biotech Industry for training and selecting suitable manpower. The training period is for six months during which a trainee is paid stipend of Rs.8000/- per month and trainer company is paid a bench fee to cover the expenses for providing training. The next batch of training will commence in December 2010.

Important Instructions to be read before filling the Application Form

1. Eligibility:

B.E./B.Tech./M.Sc./M.Tech./M.V.Sc. in Biotechnology, Molecular & Human Genetics, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, …

NCBI, GenBank and EBI

NCBI(National Center for Biotechnology Information):
As a national resource for molecular biology information, NCBI's mission is to develop new information technologies to aid in the understanding of fundamental molecular and genetic processes that control health and disease. More specifically, the NCBI has been charged with creating automated systems for storing and analyzing knowledge about molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics; facilitating the use of such databases and software by the research and medical community; coordinating efforts to gather biotechnology information both nationally and internationally; and performing research into advanced methods of computer-based information processing for analyzing the structure and function of biologically important molecules.
To carry out its diverse responsibilities, NCBI:
• Conducts research on fundamental biomedical problems at the molecular level using mathematical and computational methods
• Maintains collabor…

Influenza A detection by MDCK cell line

The influenza A (IA) virus is the principal cause of the outbreaks of flu. A large number of laboratories participate in the worldwide surveillance of influenza virus activity and contribute to the early recognition of newly emerging epidemic strains. Differentiation between influenza A and B viruses and determination of the subtypes of influenza A virus isolates are the first steps in the characterization of influenza viruses. This analysis is traditionally done by hemagglutination inhibition (HI) tests with specific antisera raised in ferrets, chickens, or sheep.
The diagnosis of Influenza A is largely clinical. Nevertheless, it is necessary to carry out some form of rapid antigenic diagnosis and the culture of respiratory samples to confirm the etiology of the respiratory disease and to determine the antigenic characteristics of the epidemic strains. Although the “gold standard” isolation technique is inoculation in embryonated hens’ eggs, the technical difficulties involved and …