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WORKSHOP ON: Prospecting Traditional Herbal Therapy to Modern Drug Discovery

The Institutional Biotech Hub, Department of Biotechnology, Gauhati University is organizing a 7 days’ workshop cum training program on “Prospecting Traditional Herbal Therapy to Modern Drug Discovery” from 22nd May to 28th May 2017. The last date for receipt of application form is 15th May 2017.
Interested participants may visit the following link for details and to download the application form.


Agent Orange is a herbicide and defoliant chemical. It is widely known for its use by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand, during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971. It was a mixture of equal parts of two herbicides, 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D. The chemical damaged the health of people who came into contact with it as well as extensively contaminated the environment. Environment: Agent Orange caused enormous environmental damage in Vietnam. Over 3,100,000 hectares (31,000 km2) of forest were defoliated. Defoliants eroded tree cover and seedling forest stock, making reforestation difficult in numerous areas. Animal species diversity sharply reduced in contrast with unsprayed areas.
Toxicology: Due to its fat-soluble nature, agent orange/dioxin enters through physical contact or ingestion. Dioxin easily accumulates in the food chain. Dioxin enters the body by attaching to a protein called the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), a transcription factor. …