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SCIENCE REPORTER

 

 

ISSN: 0036-8512

 

VOLUME 41 

NUMBER 11 

NOVEMBER 2004

 

 

CONTENTS 

 

COVER STORY

 

Producing Natural Colours Biotechnologically                     

G.A. Ravishankar and Vasudha Mudgil

        9

 

 

ARTICLES

 

Cassini–Huygens Mission To Saturn                                        

Amalendu Bandyopadhyay

16

 

 

Transgenic Plants                            

Syed Bilal Jilani                                                                                                

26

 

 

What Is Bioinformatics?                                                                 

Uma G. and Sathyanathan B

39

 

 

COLUMNS

 

HEALTH: Protein Producers                                                        

46

 

 

DEPARTMENTS

 

READERS WRITE                                                                            

4

IN FOCUS                                                                                           

5

SPECTRUM                                                                                       

22

FACT FILE 

 

  • Star Watch: Constellation Eridanus                            

31

  • Ingenious Inventions: Radar                                            

32

  • Herbal Healers: Remarkable Rauwolfia                      

33

  • Indian Icons: S.K. Mitra 

34

QUIZ TIME                                                                                        

35

CROSSWORD                                                                                   

36

POINT-COUNTERPOINT: Brain Drain is Better than Brain in the Drain 

44

 

 

JUNIOR SCIENTIST

 

FUN QUIZ: Cancer                                                                          

50

DID YOU KNOW?: Playing With Genes  

52

HUMOUR                                                                                          

54

ENTERTAINMENT ARENA       

56

SCIENCE PROJECT: Hole in the Hand     

57

PUZZLE CORNER                          

60

HOW?                                  

62

WHY?                  

63

 

 

 

Science Reporter

 Vol. 41, November 2004, pp 9-15

 

Producing Natural Colours Biotechnologically

                G.A. Ravishankar and Vasudha Mudgil

 

 Production of natural colourants through biotechnological process is not only cheaper but also ensures stability of the colour and it should be possible to commercialize their production.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 41, November 2004, pp 16-20

 

Cassini–Huygens Mission To Saturn

Amalendu Bandopadhyay

 

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to solve Saturn’s mysteries. The article throws light on this mission.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

  Vol. 41, November 2004, pp 26-28

 

Transgenic Plants

Syed Bilal Jilani

 

As new varieties of genetically modified plants, with novel traits, are being created, safety concerns about their impact on ecology and human health have assumed importance. The article dwells on the issues.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

 Vol. 41, November 2004, pp 39-42

 

What Is Bioinformatics?

Uma G. and Sathyanathan B.

 

The article reveals the ins and outs of the new buzzword that is bioinformatics.