Alakananda Dasgupta

Alakananda Dasgupta

Alakananda Dasgupta is a freelance science journalist based in New Delhi, India, who contributes to The Scientist. She is a medical doctor and a pathologist by training. In 2018, she combined her interests in science and writing and became a science writer. She has done research previously in the field of immunology and is currently writing a book on the subject.

Articles by Alakananda Dasgupta
Indian Study Shows No Survival Benefit of Plasma in COVID-19
Indian Study Shows No Survival Benefit of Plasma in COVID-19
Alakananda Dasgupta | Sep 15, 2020
A randomized controlled trial on the use of convalescent plasma therapy to treat coronavirus infections—the first in the world to be completed—yields disappointing results, but some doctors are not discouraged.
Is a Bradykinin Storm Brewing in COVID-19?
Is a Bradykinin Storm Brewing in COVID-19?
Alakananda Dasgupta | Aug 26, 2020
Excess of the inflammatory molecule bradykinin may explain the fluid build-up in the lungs of patients with coronavirus infections. Clinical trials of inhibitors are putting this hypothesis to the test.
Infographic: SARS-CoV-2 Interferes with Bradykinin Regulation
Infographic: SARS-CoV-2 Interferes with Bradykinin Regulation
Alakananda Dasgupta | Aug 26, 2020
The leaky blood vessels and lung fluid build-up in some COVID-19 patients might be explained by the virus’s corruption of an inflammation safeguard.
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Seeking an Early COVID-19 Drug, Researchers Look to Interferons
Seeking an Early COVID-19 Drug, Researchers Look to Interferons
Alakananda Dasgupta | Jul 20, 2020
These antiviral proteins are produced by the body as a natural defense against viral infections and synthetic interferons might help prevent or treat the beginning stages of SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Neutrophil Extracellular Traps May Augur Severe COVID-19
Neutrophil Extracellular Traps May Augur Severe COVID-19
Alakananda Dasgupta | May 28, 2020
These webs of chromatin and proteins, released by immune cells to control microbial infections, could serve as a therapeutic target in coronavirus infections.
Indian Authorities Propose Use of Homeopathy to Prevent Coronavirus
Indian Authorities Propose Use of Homeopathy to Prevent Coronavirus
Alakananda Dasgupta | Feb 7, 2020
Critics of the practice say the guidance is irresponsible and could give users a false sense of security.
Science in India’s Kashmir Valley in Jeopardy
Science in India’s Kashmir Valley in Jeopardy
Alakananda Dasgupta | Sep 24, 2019
The country’s government has imposed a communication blackout on Jammu and Kashmir, the northernmost region in India, effectively cutting off scientists and students from the rest of the world.