Category Archives: Biology

Written on Oct, 16, 2016 by in | Comments Off on PLANTS’-EYE VIEW OF THE WORLD & PLANT INTELLIGENCE
Plants eye

I have borrowed the first half of this title from Michael Pollan’s book The Botany of Desire and the second half is my ramblings. Pollan sees the world as if we are manipulated by plants for their survival rather than we use them for ourselves. He cites examples of tulip bulbs, potatoes, apple and marijuana, to demonstrate that it is …

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Written on Oct, 02, 2016 by in | Comments Off on MAN CAN CREATE BABIES FROM SKIN CELLS WITHOUT WOMAN
sperm cells swimming

Having shared and immersed, gluten-intolerance style, about political developments in Manipur with a bunch of strangers with their Pride and Prejudice¬† and with intimate conflicts about class and tribalism, like Jane-Austen-go-to Imphal, I am back to my favourite subject of science with the greatest hidden secrets, parking silently in the most unlikely places, like people in a bus at an …

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Written on Aug, 21, 2016 by in | Comments Off on THE WONDERS OF PLANKTON – ORIGIN OF TREES AND FORESTS
PLANKTON

The topic of this column is based on the opening ceremony of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Though it was a cut price performance because of economic depression, at less than half the cost of London Olympics 2012 (¬£9.3bn), it was glitzy and sexy with super model Gisele strutting catwalk along the length of Maracana stadium, followed by Samba dancers in …

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Written on Apr, 17, 2016 by in , | Comments Off on STEM CELL TTREATMENT FOR SEVERE HEART FAILURE
stem-cells

While reading with great excitement, the latest treatment for advanced heart failure with stem cells that gives immense happiness to people with end-stage heart failure, I recall my visit to Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal in March 2016. I was taken round by the most charming Professor S Rita Debi, Director of RIMS, at the request of …

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Written on Mar, 20, 2016 by in | Comments Off on LIVES OF INDUSTRIALISED ANIMALS FOR FOOD
battery-hen

Humbled by the grace and beauty of wild life vistas and a mother’s love for her baby in the Geographical Channel, I was back in time when I could nor wield the sword of scientific reality. The black cow with her new born baby was a bit like a human mother and appeared to be a great character. I was …

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Written on Mar, 16, 2016 by in | Comments Off on MAN AND HIS FACIAL HAIRS
david-bekham

    One fascinatingly complex issue that has come back into the spotlight recently is that of facial hair. This reminds me of my father, who was a great disciplinarian in my school days, sporting a Hitler-type moustache that made him look more menacing to me. By the time of my college days when I was less frightened of him …

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Written on Aug, 23, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
Red Blood cells

Scientists across the globe, have been investigating for a number of years how to manufacture red blood cells because of major world-wide shortages of donated blood. The demand for more blood substitutes began during the Vietnam War as wounded GI soldiers were unable to be treated at hospitals due to blood shortages. Americans researched with all sorts of oxygen-carrying blood …

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Written on Aug, 23, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
Retina

A mass public agitation for the implementation of the Inner Line Permit system in Manipur is having its second innings. It’s a battle to turn back the tide caused by some bureaucrats in Manipur, who cannot see the central point of an argument straight, which is called ‘conclusion’ because of wrinkles in thinking. It’s like the ‘Battle of the Bulge’ …

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Written on Jun, 07, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
Black and white twins

The apportionment of human diversity from genetic and evolutionary perspective was once presented at the Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Human Genetics in 1977. It was proposed that the differentiation of morphological characters, such as pigmentation, facial structure, and hair texture – the genetic variations between Caucasoid, Negroid and Mongoloid was brought about by relatively strong natural selection …

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Written on May, 03, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
Hollywood icon Yul Brynner's commercial after his death in 1985 - whatever you do: don't smoke

In my continuing defence that old age is not the cause of cancer and that cancer occurs at any age, my intention in this paper is to emphasise to my readers that from my personal experience as a physician, and from the research papers I have culled from, cancer should not be the end of the world. It is simply …

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