India will reach the peak population of 1.6 billion in 2048

A new analysis published in The Lancet has projected that the world population will peak much earlier than previously estimated. The study analysed population trends in 195 countries.  It used data from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 to model future population in various scenarios as a function of fertility, migration, and mortality rates.

India’s equalization levy

The USTR (United States Trade Representative) is initiating a probe into the imposition of digital taxes on firms like Facebook, Netflix and Google in the EU and nine countries, including India, under the equalization levy, even as India witnesses increasing investments. Equalization levy or Google tax: It was introduced in India with the intention of

What is Hope, UAE’s first mission to Mars?

What is Hope? The launch of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) first mission to Mars which was scheduled to take off from Tanegashima Space Center, in Japan, has been delayed. It must be launched in July, since Earth and Mars orbit the Sun at different rates and are aligned at their closest points only once

RNA interference
RNA Interference | Gene Silencing Technique | Nanotechnology and RNAi

RNA interference: RNAi is a gene silencing technology that inhibits protein synthesis in target cells using double-stranded RNA. Same result is achieved by Antisense technology through single-stranded RNA. RNAi technologies are now known to formulate drugs capable of reducing cholesterol levels by half. The technology also finds immense importance in treating acute viral infections like

Unique Methods of Management and treatment of Inherited Disorders (UMMID)

UMMID: UMMID stands for Unique Methods of Management and treatment of Inherited Disorders. DBT has started the UMMID Initiative which is designed on the concept of ‘Prevention is better than Cure’. Taking into account the congenital and hereditary genetic diseases are becoming a significant health burden in India, and realizing the need for adequate and

Bio Toilets
What is Bio Toilet and How does it work?

Introduction: Even after 100 years of invention of a flush toilet, today only 15% of people in the world have a flush toilet. You will be surprised to know that only 3% people of rural India and 25% of urban Indians have flush toilets. The Indian government has restricted the practice of manual scavenging since

MANAV: Human Atlas Initiative
MANAV: Human Atlas Initiative

Introduction: For the first time, Indian scientists will be mapping every single tissue of the human body to have a deeper understanding of the roles of tissues and cells linked to various diseases. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) launched MANAV: Human Atlas Initiative towards improving knowledge on human physiology. About the project: It is a

3 Parent Babies
3 Parent Babies

Introduction: The ‘Three Parent Baby’ mechanism involves the replacement of a small amount of faulty DNA in a mother’s egg with healthy DNA from a second woman. This results in the baby inheriting genes from two mothers and one father. The idea is to prohibit certain genetic diseases being passed on to children. In simple

Biological data storage, Access and sharing policy of India
Biological data storage, Access and sharing policy of India

Introduction: To define guidelines for sharing of data generated by scientists in India using modern biotechnological tools and methods, DBT has issued the ‘Biological data storage, access and sharing policy of India’. Need to have a policy in place: Advances in DNA sequencing and other high-throughput technologies have enabled government agencies to fund research towards


Introduction: Scientists have uncovered the most complete remains yet from the mysterious ancient-hominin group known as the Denisovans. The jawbone, discovered high up on the Tibetan Plateau and dated to more than 160,000 years ago, is also the first Denisovan specimen found outside the Siberian cave in which the hominin was uncovered a decade ago

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