Biomedical Research Current Affairs - 2020

Men are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than women: How and Why?

Initially there was a hypothesis that men might be more vulnerable to COVID-19 virus than women. However, the hypothesis has now been proved by a research published in the European Heart Journal. Highlights The ACE2 enzyme in the human body is the key factor that enables the COVID-19 to infect human cells. The study has Read More…

Rs 15,000 crores approved by Union Cabinet for COVID-19

On April 22, 2020, the Union Cabinet approved Rs 15,000 crores towards “India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Challenge”. The funds are to be utilised in 3 phases. Highlights For an immediate response Rs 7,774 crore has been sanctioned. The rest of the funds are to be utilised as medium-term support in 1 Read More…

DRDO develops N99 masks, ventilators and hand sanitizers to help fight against COVID-19

The DRDO (Defence Research Development Organization) has been tracking the spread of the COVID-19 virus since it began to spread in China. Now, the organization has developed four items to help India in its “War against Corona”. Highlights The DRDO has developed hand sanitizer, ventilators, five-layer masks and body suits. Hand Sanitizer Around 4,000 litres Read More…

Ministry of Health: Complaints to ICMR on misuse of Stem Cell therapy

On March 20, 2020, the Ministry of Heath informed Lok Sabha that ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) has received several complaints on misuse of stem cell therapy. Highlights The National Apex Committee operating under the ministry is evaluating the complaints. The committee is to recommend actions against these complaints. The National Apex Committee for Read More…

CSIR develops new Hand Sanitizer without using chemicals

The Scientists at the CSIR-IHBT (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology) has developed a new sanitizer without using chemicals. Highlights The scientists have used active tea constituents, alcohol and have developed the sanitizer according to the guidelines of World Health Organization. Usually chemicals such as triclosan, parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrance Read More…