Biology Current Affairs - 2020

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Four new crab species discovered in Kerala

Researchers have discovered four new crab species namely Paguristes luculentus, Diogenes canaliculatus, Pagurus spinossior and Afropinnotheres ratnakara in Kerala. They were discovered by collaborative research project of A. Biju Kumar, R. Reshmi and Tomoyuki Komai (Japan). These findings have been published in the international journal of taxonomy named Zootaxa. Key facts Discovery of these four new Read More…

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Kartik Chandran named as 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Indian-American associate professor Kartik Chandran has been named as a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. The fellowship entitles him with a prestigious genius grant of US 625,000 dollars. He has won this prestigious fellowship for his work in transforming pollutant from wastewater into useful products such as energy sources, commodity chemicals and fertilisers. With this fellowship he Read More…

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US scientists grow replica of human brain in a laboratory

Scientists from United States (US) have successfully grown a replica of a human brain in a laboratory dish. This medical breakthrough research was undertaken team of researchers from Ohio State University led by Professor Rene Anand. Key facts The brain called ‘Organoid’ was created from reprogrammed skin cells. It is about the size of a Read More…

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Raghavendra Gadagkar conferred with Cross of Order of the Merit Award of Germany

Professor Raghavendra Gadagkar has been conferred with highest civilian award of Germany, Cross of Order of the Merit. He was bestowed with this award in recognition of his work in strengthening Indo-German research co-operation in the field of behavioural ecology and sociobiology. About Raghavendra Gadagkar Gadagkar is currently serving as a professor at the Centre for Read More…

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Two new plant species discovered in Western Ghats

Two new plant species were discovered in Edmalayalar, Pooyamkutty-Adamalayar and Neriamangalam forest regions of Western Ghats in Ernakulam district of Kerala. The discovered species have been christened as Vellithumpa and Eriocaulon manoharanii. They were discovered by a team of researchers led by Professor C.N. Sunil during investigations conducted as part of a UGC-sponsored project on Read More…

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Juvenile Camel’s key source of MERS: Study

As per recently published study, camels aged less than four years might be a major source of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The study was published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases The research study was undertaken by international team who had looked for evidence of current or past infection in more than 800 dromedary Read More…

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