SCIENCE REPORTER

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VOLUME 45                                                  NUMBER 7                 JULY 2008

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

Mapping Genes & Tailoring Therapies

SAMAN HABIB & MITALI MUKERJI

 

9

FEATURE ARTICLES

 

Tracing the Genetic History of Mankind!

ARVIND MISHRA

 

19

CSIR IN THE SERVICE OF THE NATION:

NATIONAL GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (NGRI)

 

23

S. N. De—Genius who Discovered the

Cholera Toxin

M.S.S. MURTHY

29

Graphene: Carbon in Two Dimensions

Biman Basu

 

33

PBMR—the FOURTH GENERATION NUCLEAR REACTOR

PURUSHOTTAM CHAKRABORTY

 

38

FICTION

Kate-Strophe!

Radhika Agarwal

 

 

44

DEPARTMENTS

 

READERS WRITE

4

EDITORIAL: Phoenix Lands on Mars     

5

SPECTRUM      

16

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

36

POINT-COUNTERPOINT: Should India cut down on its carbon emissions and compromise economic growth?    

47

 

 

FUN QUIZ

 

50

CROSSWORD  

52

STRANGE PLANTS: Greater Bladderwort

53

IN THE PICTURE: Fluttering Butterflies

54

 

WHAT’S NEW

 

56

PUZZLE CORNER

60

SHORT FEATURE: Mathematics is Fun                               

62

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 45 July 2008, pp 9-15, 28

Mapping Genes & Tailoring Therapies

SAMAN HABIB & MITALI MUKERJI

The Indian Genome Variation Consortium Project could pave

the way for tailoring therapies for people based on their genetic profile

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 45 July 2008, pp 19-22

Tracing the Genetic History of Mankind!

ARVIND MISHRA

The Genographic Project is closing the gaps about

many hotly debated ancient migration stories

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 45 July 2008, pp 23-27

NATIONAL GEOPHYSIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

The NGRI has carved out a niche for itself in earthquake hazard assessment, managing groundwater resources, and exploring for hydrocarbons and minerals

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 45 July 2008, pp 29-31

S. N. De—Genius who Discovered the Cholera Toxin

M.S.S. MURTHY

This great Indian scientist died unsung

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 45 July 2008, pp 33-35

Graphene: Carbon in Two Dimensions

Biman Basu

The newly discovered Graphene promises a

cornucopia of new physics and potential applications

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 45 July 2008, pp 38-41

 

PBMR—the FOURTH GENERATION NUCLEAR REACTOR

PURUSHOTTAM CHAKRABORTY

PBMR has the potential to provide competitive power generation

in coastal areas