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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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  • Striking balance between pure and applied research is important: CM

    The scientific community must find the right balance between pure research and science that has practical applications for humankind, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said today as he inaugurated an 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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  • RGCB scientists feast on organic food, thanks to their own 'farm'

    Apart from the restaurants that serve nature-food, probably the only place that serves organic food on a regular basis in the city would be the staff canteen of the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) at Jagathy. Here, one dish a day is totally free of pesticides, thanks to their initiative at organic farming.

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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 to get freehold on 23 acres
  • The Times of India 14 February 2013
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  • Killer fungus spotted in Western Ghats

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A killer fungus that nearly wiped out amphibian populations in various countries to extinction across the world has been detected for the first time in the country.
    The presence of the deadly chytrid fungus has been detected by scientists from the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, here, in collaboration with the University of Helsinki and the Imperial College, London.

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  • Project to Study Marine Molluscs
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  • DNA fingerprinting Lab commissioned at RGCB

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala, living in a past glory of social standards and level of higher education, can still get ahead than most states if the people will stand together and work hard, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy while visiting the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), where he commissioned the new DNA fingerprinting laboratory. He also distributed student fellowships and launched the RGCB pension scheme.

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  • Government rejigs Biotechnology Board

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State Government has reconstituted the Kerala Biotechnology Board as well as the Kerala Biotechnology Commission.
    While the Biotechnology Board will have Chief Minister Oommen Chandy as its chairman, the Biotechnology Commission will remain headless, at least until the post of the executive vice-president of the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) is filled, as the executive vice-president of the KSCSTE is the ex-officio chairman of the ...

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