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Our closest wormy cousins: About 70% of our genes trace their ancestry back to the acorn worm

A team from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and its collaborators has sequenced the genomes of two species of small water creatures called acorn worms and showed that we share more genes with them than we do with many other animals, establishing them as our distant cousins. The study found…

Government eases norms to test, launch drugs

 In an attempt to ease norms for testing and introduction of new medicines in the country, the government has taken steps to fast-track approvals for clinical trials as well as launch of drugs already approved in other countries.  Pharmaceutical companies planning to launch new drugs already approved outside India after conducting pre-clinical or toxicological studies…

Hectic lives inspire firms to offer faster services

 When time is of the essence, habits change quite easily. Having understood that today’s consumer is in need of getting the desired results, albeit in a shorter duration, marketers are innovating with products and services to cater to this time-strapped buyer. While consumers are multitasking with buying groceries and hailing cabs on mobile phone apps,…

Twitter could be valuable feedback tool for medical professionals

Twitter is known for breaking news and celebrity tweets, but it may also prove to be a valuable feedback tool for medical professionals looking to improve the patient experience, a new study says. Johnathan Hewis, an investigator from Charles Sturt University in Australia, analysed 464 tweets related to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) over the course…

Proposed law set to allow abortion up to 24 weeks

Fresh fears about risks to women’s health by allowing Ayush doctors to conduct abortion and ambiguity on the proposed extension of gestation period may force the government to keep the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) amendment bill out of Parliament in the upcoming monsoon session. Already embroiled in a debate on patient safety versus access…

Now, make sense of your dog’s woof

North Carolina State University scientists have developed a technology designed to improve communication between dogs and humans. A joint project between the computer science and electrical and computer engineering departments and the College of Veterinary Medicine has developed the technology designed to improve communication between dogs and humans. “We are developing what we are referring…

Now, make sense of your dog’s woof

North Carolina State University scientists have developed a technology designed to improve communication between dogs and humans. A joint project between the computer science and electrical and computer engineering departments and the College of Veterinary Medicine has developed the technology designed to improve communication between dogs and humans. “We are developing what we are referring…

Proposed law set to allow abortion up to 24 weeks

Fresh fears about risks to women’s health by allowing Ayush doctors to conduct abortion and ambiguity on the proposed extension of gestation period may force the government to keep the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) amendment bill out of Parliament in the upcoming monsoon session. Already embroiled in a debate on patient safety versus access…

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