Pakistan’s cotton output surpasses during 2018 -19

Cotton harvest in Pakistan during 2018-19 seasons has already surpassed the total amount produced in the previous season. Ginneries in Pakistan have acquired 10.707 million bales of cotton by March 1, 2019, compared to the total arrival of 10.366 million bales in the previous season, according to the Pakistan Cotton Ginners’ Association (PCGA). In the…

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Anti-Cancer treatment targets activated platelets in tumor microenvironment

A novel chemotherapeutic agent transport system is based on the binding of an antibody-drug conjugate specifically directed to an exterior protein on energizing platelets in the tumor microenvironment. Based on the premise that platelets in the blood are progressively conceding as mediators of tumor swelling and metastasis, investigators at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute…

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12 hybrid rice varieties to be available from July

The new varieties were endorsed by the Variety Evaluation Committee of Pakistan Agriculture Council (Parc) after reviewing twenty-six proposals. Research on these varieties was carried out at the rice research laboratory of the National Agriculture Research Centre. A senior official of NARC said that the new hybrids of rice can now be imported from China….

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Genome editing used to bias genetic inheritance in mice

Genomics researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to bias genetic inheritance in mice used for laboratory studies. Investigators at the University of California, San Diego (USA) based their work in mice on the highly efficient gene drive systems that have recently been developed in insects. These systems leveraged the sequence-targeted DNA…

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Agriculture and Biotechnology – Perception & Reality

In order to raise awareness among the young scholars about biotechnology, the PABIC has announced essay and Posters competition entitled; “Agriculture and Biotechnology – Perception and Reality” on 31st August 2018 through advertisement. The competition was welcomed by metric/O-levels students participated from all over Pakistan. In the response of this competition, PABIC received 97 essays…

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Adaptation of Biotech. Crops is Crucial as Pakistan is Suffering from Food Shortage and Running out of Fresh Water and Irrigable Land

Global food insecurity is the leading threat in the developing world. Strong political commitment to eliminate hunger is essential. Globally biotech crops have contributed to food security, sustainability and climate change by increasing crop productivity and helping alleviate poverty through uplifting the livelihood of farmers and agriculture related workforce.” Pakistan is running out of fresh water,…

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Novel DNA vaccine prevents AD in mouse model

In the current study, the investigator used a triple-transgenic mouse model that grows plaques and tangles in the brain similar to human AD. Four cohorts of between 15 and 24 mice each were injected in the skin with DNA coding for the Abeta42 peptide. The researchers had already shown that full-length DNA Abeta42 trimer immunization was non-inflammatory and…

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Subpopulation of fibroblasts drives breast tumor development

Cancer-associated fibroblasts are especially prominent in breast tumors, but the nature of their function and origin not been uncertain completely. Consequently, recruitment of BM-derived CAFs to primary tumors and metastases resulted in a gradual reduction in PDGFR alpha levels, which was apparently also in human breast tumors, and correlated with worse outcome. The finding that…

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