What Scientists Know About the B.1.617 Coronavirus Variant
What Scientists Know About the B.1.617 Coronavirus Variant
While some experts speculate the variant could be partially responsible for India’s current surge in SARS-CoV-2 infections, information about the effects of its mutations is only beginning to emerge.
What Scientists Know About the B.1.617 Coronavirus Variant
What Scientists Know About the B.1.617 Coronavirus Variant

While some experts speculate the variant could be partially responsible for India’s current surge in SARS-CoV-2 infections, information about the effects of its mutations is only beginning to emerge.

While some experts speculate the variant could be partially responsible for India’s current surge in SARS-CoV-2 infections, information about the effects of its mutations is only beginning to emerge.

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Mystery Illness Cluster in India May Be Due to Neurotoxin
Mystery Illness Cluster in India May Be Due to Neurotoxin
Lisa Winter | Dec 9, 2020
Health officials are searching for possible exposures to heavy metals, but no sources of contamination have been identified.
Assay for Sickle Cell Anemia Is Repurposed to Diagnose COVID-19
Assay for Sickle Cell Anemia Is Repurposed to Diagnose COVID-19
G.B.S.N.P. Varma | Nov 18, 2020
A CRISPR-based, paper-strip test developed by Indian researchers performs as well as real-time PCR in identifying the presence of SARS-CoV-2 and returns results within an hour.
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.
Inside the Effort to Make India’s First COVID-19 Test
Inside the Effort to Make India’s First COVID-19 Test
Ashley Yeager | Jul 6, 2020
A nearly all-female team of researchers developed a PCR diagnostic tool in a record-setting six weeks.
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.
Image of the Day: Spider Spotting
Image of the Day: Spider Spotting
Emily Makowski | Oct 9, 2019
A type of jumping spider called Afraflacilla had never been documented in India—until now.
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.
Ancient DNA Traces History of South Asians
Ancient DNA Traces History of South Asians
Catherine Offord | Sep 6, 2019
Modern-day populations in India descend from a mixture of peoples living thousands of years ago in South and Central Asia, including the Bronze-Age Indus Valley Civilization, two studies reveal.
Mysterious Illness Linked to Lychees Kills Children in India
Mysterious Illness Linked to Lychees Kills Children in India
Chia-Yi Hou | Aug 27, 2019
Malnourished kids who eat the fruit containing a naturally occurring toxin suffer from low blood sugar and symptoms of encephalopathy.