Friday, November 24, 2006
Ask what the bugs can do for you
No, this is not my paper that I just blogged about in an earlier post!! ;)
In a recent paper (Oct 20, 2006) in the journal Science, scientists have reported the use of a parasite-specific machinery in to correct certain deficiencies in human cells, which can be then used to tackle critical genetic disorders in humans.
This is cool for several reasons: taking lessons from a simple, one-celled parasite to apply and solve complex genetic disorders in humans is cool in itself. What made me more happy is that the paper is from a group of scientists at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Calcutta, India. One of the few (AFAIK, one of the first this year) all-indian authored papers from an Indian lab in the very prestigious journal Science. (Atleast in the field of molecular biology/diseases).
P.S. The deep thinker from ipanema is away on vacation and hopes everyone is having a nice holiday if they are having one. ;)