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It is Official Now: Swine flu is a Pandemic

June 21, 2009

 

 

Prabir Purkayastha

 

SWINE flu, or more technically influenza A (H1N1), is now officially a pandemic. Addressing the press on June 11, Dr Margaret Chan, the director general of World Health Organisation (WHO) said, “On the basis of available evidence, and these expert assessments of the evidence, the scientific criteria for an influenza pandemic have been met. I have therefore decided ...

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Last Updated on Saturday, 18 July 2009 07:09
 
The Brave New World Of Genetics

Prabir Purkayastha

25 June, 2006      
                                                                                              
AFTER the reading of the human genome, there are daily advances that research on genetics is reporting: from chimpanzee-human differences to a new world free of disabilities, superior intelligence and human happiness, all implanted into our genes. The hype of genetic technology and its promise of course is very much a marketing drive of global multi-nationals investing billions of dollars in genetic research: they are more solutions in search of problems rather problems that w ...

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2009 09:01
 
Finding Medicines For The Poor: A Step Forward

June 18,2006

Amit Sen Gupta

ANALYSTS have, for long, referred to the "10/90 gap", according to which only 10 per cent of investment in R&D of new drugs is aimed at the so-called "orphan diseases," which afflict 90 per cent of the world population who live in the developing South. Given such concerns and the background of an ongoing international debate concerning the relationship between Intellectual Property Rights, innovation and public health, the World Health Assembly decided in May 2003 to give an independent Commission the task of analysing this key issue. The Report of this Commission – th ...

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2009 09:02
 
Data Exclusivity: Implications For Public Health

Amit Sen Gupta
 
IN recent months there has been substantive lobbying by a section of the pharmaceutical industry in India – led by the multinational sector – and pressures from the US to provide for what is known as “Data Exclusivity”. Responding to such lobbying and pressures the government had set up an inter-ministerial group involving the ministries of Chemicals, Health and Commerce. It is understood that the group, unable to reach a consensus has now referred it to the PMO.
Whatever the current status of deliberations on this issue might be, what is clear is that there has been little public debate on the issue. That is unfortunate ...

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2009 09:03
 
Is it All in the Genes?

Genetics allows us to understand the ever-continuing development of life. The evolution of life meant the appearance of a self-replicating molecule which could transmit the characteristics of the life-form to future generations. Such a mechanism is deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). This self-reproducing DNA molecule is not concentrated in a particular part of the body, but is contained in every animal or plant cell. At adulthood, humans are made up of a trillion cells, but at conception there existed only a singled-celled embryo. How does this happen? Within this single cell was contained the DNA molecule that held the genetic code for the construction of a human being. The gen ...

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