Viruses are infamous for the infectious diseases they cause in different organisms - the year 2020 has proved it for us to see. But, a virus that causes an infection in one organism could be harmless in another. The Nipah virus, for example, is harmless in bats but causes a deadly disease in humans. Likewise, there are a group of viruses called bacteriophages that infect and kill bacteria but are generally harmless in humans. Within this group of viruses are myriad individuals, each one specific to certain bacteria.
In a recent study, researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, have found that a cocktail of bacteriophages could kill Mycobacterium tuberculosis - the bacteria that causes Tuberculosis (TB), and its cousin Mycobacterium smegmatis . The study was led by Rachit Agarwal, Assistant Professor at the Centre for BioSystems Science and Engineering, IISc, and the findings were published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology .
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide . It affected 10 million people and killed 1.4 million of them last year.
Claiming that the 12th-century warrior king Prithviraj Chauhan was a Gurjar and not a Rajput, a Gurjar organisation on Friday reiterated its demand to depict him so in an upcoming film on him, starring Akshay Kumar.
Social media recently went abuzz after reports of a bus bound from Ernakulam in Kochi to Sri Mookambika Temple of Kollur ending up in Goa surfaced on the Internet.
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