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Researchers keen to develop bio resources of North East

Realizing the importance of the vast bio resources of North East and its development, the Directors of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), Thiruv-ananthapuram and National Centre for Cell Sciences (NCCS), Pune signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Imphal.
The Arunachal Times

RGCB counters in seven hospitals

The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) will open dengue diagnosis counters in seven government hospitals in the capital district.
THE HINDU

The Frog Slime Cure for Flu

A compound found in the protective slime of an Indian frog blows apart flu viruses and might become a powerful new drug to treat influenza, researchers reported.
Los Angeles Times
Malayala Manorama
NBC NEWS

Attracting global interest

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Leading scientists from different countries have shown interest in collaborations with the city-based premier research institute Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) to enable better understanding of genetic properties of native Indian plant species and incorporate the findings to improve crop productivity.
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Aiming for a good and healthy heart

An hour of play time daily and nutritious food is the key to promoting good health in children and keeping heart diseases at bay as they grow older, eminent cardiologist G. Vijayaraghavan has said. He was inaugurating a programme to promote heart health in children, "Pro Heart C," by addressing students of Classes 8 and 9 at Saraswati Vidyalaya here on Monday.
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All possible support for further development of RGCB BioNest

Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan today assured all possible support for further development of RGCB BioNest, the business incubation facility of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) at KINFRA Park.
The Hindu
The New Indian Express
Business Standard
Deepika
Janmabhumi

Remembering Dr. A P J Kalam

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology and Swadesi Science Movement organized a gathering to remember Dr. A P J Kalam at M R Das Hall in the Campus I of RGCB at 11 in the morning of August 10, 2015. Dr. G Madhavan Nair, the former Chairman of Indian Space Research Organization, Professor M Radhakrishna Pillai, the Director of RGCB, Dr. Suresh Das, Executive Vice President of KSCSTE and Mr. A Jayakumar, Secretary General of Vijnana Bharati were kind enough to share their very close interactions with Dr. Kalam on personal and professional grounds.
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E. Sreekumar, Distinguished Faculty of RGCB has been awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Our faculty E.Sreekumar from Viral Disease Biology has been awarded Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships in Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA
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Chidambareswaren , PhD student of RGCB has been awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Our PhD student Chidambareswaren from Plant Disease Biology has been awarded Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship in Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing, Oregon State University, Corvallis. He is looking forward to working with Prof. Brett Tyler, Professor, and Director, Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA.
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Bio Innovation Centre opened at Thiruvananthapuram

The union minister for science and technology and earth sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan, on May 17, 2015, inaugurated the first phase of the Bio Innovation Centre of the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) in Thiruvananthapuram.
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Nation to make strides in biotech: Harsh Vardhan

India is set to be the third biggest global player in biotechnology and vaccine production by 2025, Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan has said. He was speaking after inaugurating Phase I of the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB)'s Bio-Innovation Centre (BIC) at Kazhakuttam here on Sunday.
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RGCB Bio-Innovation Centre Phase I Inaugurated

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) Bio-Innovation Centre (BIC) Phase I was inaugurated by Union Minister for Science, Technology and Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan here on Sunday.
The New Indian Express
The Statesman
Business Standard

RGCB seeks Union Minister's support for upgradation

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) has demanded the upgradation of the institution as a centre for excellence and national importance during the visit of Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan to its lab facility at Poojappura on Saturday.
The New Indian Express
Business Standard
Malayala Manorama
Deccan Chronicle

Bio innovation centre to aid disease research, diagnostics

With the inauguration of a bio innovation centre here on Sunday, the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) is set to acquire a new platform for high-end disease research and diagnostics.
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Technology day observed

The National Technology Day was observed with a panel discussion on 'Technology driven modern life-pros and cons' at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, here, on Monday.
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Science Quiz to be Organised

Terumo Penpol Limited in association with Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) will be celebrating the National Technology Day on May 9 at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre For Biotechnology, Jagathy. A science quiz is planned for high school and higher secondary school students on the occasion.
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RGCB to host public forum on heart diseases

The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) will host a public forum to discuss various aspects of heart diseases and their prevention on Thursday.
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Centre to fund ayurveda research centre at Konni

The Centre has assured support to set up an ayurvedic clinical research centre at Konni. This would help scientifically validate traditional systems of healing and integrate them with mainstream public healthcare delivery . This was announced by Union minister for state for Ayush Shripad Yesso Naik, who was here to launch the new national centre for excellence for ayurveda inspired discovery, initiated by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB). Read Full article
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Times of India
Malayala Manorama
Business Standard
Zee News

RGCB to house research centre

A National Centre for Excellence for Ayurveda-inspired Discovery (AID), which will lead research into efficacy mechanisms involved in Ayurvedic therapeutics, is being set up at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), an official release said here on Friday. AID is a research programme of the RGCB.
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Experts moot 'One Health' concept to fight pandemics

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Project for molecular-level studies in ayurveda drugs

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Thiruvananthapuram institute initiates ayurveda-inspired discovery project

The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology has initiated Ayurveda Inspired Discovery (AID) project to accelerate molecular level studies into medicinal plants and products used in ayurveda with the aim of identifying their active compounds, targets, pathways and discovering potential new therapeutic uses.
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AID to Give New Impetus to Ayurveda Research

A novel research programme - The Ayurveda Inspired Discovery (AID) project - launched by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) here - is likely to accelerate molecular-level studies into medicinal plants and products used in ayurveda with the aim of identifying their active compounds, targets, pathways and discovering potential new therapeutic uses.
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Present Ayurveda as a way of life to the world: Modi

Ayurveda too can acquire global recognition and acceptance if it is presented in the right spirit and as a way of life, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.
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A mouthwash to reduce pain in oral cancer

A mouthwash made from herbal concoction, prescribed in ayurveda, helps in reducing the intensity of pain in patients undergoing radiation therapy for oral cancer.
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Researchers develop herbal mouthwash to help oral cancer patients

A herbal concoction made from plants prescribed in Ayurveda to combat ulcers and infections has been found to be
effective in reducing the intensity of a severely painful conditions called mucositis in patients undergoing radiation therapy for oral
cancer
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6th WAC - Young researchers urged to help align Ayurveda with modern science

Young scientists and researchers in India must take up the challenge of making Ayurveda acceptable to the modern world and re-establish its right's doorsteps, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said today.
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Ayurvedic Mouthwash Developed to Reduce Pain in Oral Cancer after Radiation

An ayurvedic mouthwash made from herbals helps in reducing the intensity of pain in patients undergoing radiation therapy for oral cancer and was developed, clinically tested and patented by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB).
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Cancer Research Workshop at RGCB from Today

The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) here will host the third of the three workshops being organised in India as part of an Indo-US workshop to boost research, and discuss provocative questions about cancer.Scientists will discuss questions that reach into uncharted, poorly understood and forgotten areas in cancer biology as part of an initiative designed to push the frontiers of cancer research.
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Technology Day

Terumo Penpol celebrated National Technology Day in association with Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology as a curtain-raiser event the other day. The programme was conducted to honour the achievements of the nation in the field of science and technology and also to inspire the younger generation to work for the development of the nation through science. S Ramakrishnan, director of VSSC, the chief guest on the occasion, spoke about the role of technology towards making life easier.
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Gene variants raise risk of varicose veins

Variants of a gene that leads to cells in blood vessels producing too much of a protein heighten the risk of developing varicose veins, according to a study carried out by a group of Indian researchers.
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Use science for better living

The scientific community must find the right balance between pure research and applied science, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said. He was delivering the inaugural address at the international symposium on 'Nitric Oxide' at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB).
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Chandy: socially relevant research vital

Research activities should be socially relevant and help in solving various problems of the humankind, Chef Minister Oommen Chandy has said. He was inaugurating a two-day international symposium on nitric oxide at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) here on Tuesday. Discoveries in science should have practical applications, which would lead to the improvement of people's lives, he added.
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Nobel laureate to visit Kerala

Nobel laureate Ferid Murad, co-discoverer of the surprising biological functions of 'miracle molecule' Nitric Oxide, is arriving in Kerala next month for a major international symposium organised by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre of Biotechnology (RGCB), in partnership with the Srinivasa Ramanujan Institute for Basic Sciences (SRIBS).
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IT, Biotechnology are engines of growth: Sonia Gandhi

Laying the foundation of a Biotechnology Research and Development campus here, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today turned nostalgic, recalling that it was her late husband Rajiv Gandhi, who realised the importance of Science and Technology for the growth of the country more than two decades back.
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Rajiv's dream being fulfilled

The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) entered the next phase of its development on Monday, with Congress president Sonia Gandhi laying the foundation stone for a Bio Innovation Centre at Aakulam.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Gandhi said the UPA government had identified Information Technology and biotechnology as engines of growth. She said the educated, trained manpower available in Kerala made the State highly conducive for emerging industries dependent on biotechnology.
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Disease control: State to tie up with RGCB

The State government is joining hands with Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) for a project to document diseases, predict outbreaks, and monitor healthcare delivery. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy announced the project in his speech at a function organised to lay the foundation stone for a Bio Innovation Centre being set up by the RGCB at Akkulam here on Monday. He said the project titled 'Rajeevam: Health For All' was aimed at improving the general health profile in Kerala.
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IT, biotechnology two engines of state's future growth, says Sonia

Combining biotechnology with traditional forms of healing perfected over centuries in Kerala can lead to a better understanding of diseases and pave way for breakthrough in the course of treatments, observed UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, after laying the foundation stone for a Bio-Innovation Centre (BIC) being set up by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) at its Akkulam campus here on Monday.
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Combine traditional medicine with modern biotech: Sonia

Combining advanced biotechnology with traditional forms of healing could pave the way for breakthrough treatments and a better understanding of diseases, said Sonia Gandhi, chairperson of the National Advisory Council, in Kerala today.
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Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Centre to get a BIC push

National Advisory Council chairperson Sonia Gandhi will launch the expansion of the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) in the field of cancer treatments and communicable disease control, with the setting up of a massive new Bio-Innovation Centre (BIC).
Sonia will lay the foundation stone for the Rs 100-crore first phase of the BIC project at 12.30 p m on September 30, at RGCB's sprawling new 20-acre campus at Akkulam here.
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Diagnostic kit for deadly pig disease

The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) today said that it has developed a kit that can diagnose a deadly contagious disease affecting pigs.
Field trials of the blood-based on-field diagnostic kit for Classical Swine Flu are nearly complete and the commercial product is expected to be launched in the next three months, said Prof M Radhakrishna Pillai, Director, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB)
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Immunity Research: RGCB ties up with US Clinic

The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), here, along with Mayo Clinic, US, will take the initiative in studying fever vaccines, in a collaboration project funded by the National Institute of Health, US, and the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
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RGCB develops diagnostic kit for classical swine fever

New Indian Express 5th May 2013

To conquer a formidable foe

Distanced from the clamour and frenzy of city streets, the wooded hillock at Poojapura is quite the idyllic heaven for research. For over two decades now, the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) situated in Thiruvananthapuram, has been at the frontier of research in life sciences.
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Croaking for attention, in the Western Ghats

Croaking for attention, in the Western Ghats

Cracking the mystery of colour change in animals

Cracking the mystery of colour change in animals