How fibre from fruits fights tumorous cells in human body FRUITS and vegetables are known to promote normal cell growth and reduce cancer risks. Scientists have attributed these qualities to a major constituent of cell walls called pectin, a fibre composed of complex carbohydrates, that provides crunchiness to fruits and vegetables. But the mechanism by which pectin reduces the risk was not

RTI sets a precedent the environment and forests ministry will now have to release all information related to the amendment of the 2006 environment impact assessment (eia) notification. The ministry will also have to make public, details of approvals the National Biodiversity Authority (nba) has granted for access and use of India

Even as the government banned animal movement, sick horses are falling prey to other diseases equine influenza is threatening to assume epidemic proportions in India, with over six states, including Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and West Bengal having reported an outbreak of the acutely contagious respiratory disease. Now Bangalooru seems to be the

Oxygen threshold for dead zones needs revision ABOUT 246,000 square km of oceans

According to a census, by 2007, only 11,000 oriental white-backed vultures were left in the wild. Genetic diversity within a population plays an important role in the survival and adaptability of a species. When diversity dwindles, the species becomes vulnerable to extinction.

Tamil Nadu to undo plantations to save Olive Ridley turtles THE Tamil Nadu revenue department has sanctioned money to uproot casuarinas planted with World Bank fund along the coast because they were affecting the nesting of the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles. In January, Chennai-based Students

Vultures in genetic bottleneck as vulture population declines in south Asia, scientists have warned of a possible risk. The oriental white-backed vulture (Gyps bengalensis), classified critically endangered by the iucn, may soon lose its genetic diversity unless immediate measures are taken. The bird was numbered tens of millions in India, Nepal and Pakistan until the mid-1990s,

CEC observes violations in forest laws, orders

Interpreting maladies online monitoring asthma over the Internet? Possible, say researchers of iit Bombay a private company in Bangalore. They have developed a portable spirometer. The instrument measures the volume of air inhaled and exhaled by the patient and can be connected to a computer to send data online to a doctor. Its use, however, is limited lack of trained personnel in the

Who will benefit from globally promoted pneumonia vaccine? the pneumonia vaccine that the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, a public-private coalition, and who are promoting in developing countries is expensive, inefficient and causes serious side-effects, contends a letter published in a public health journal. In a letter to the Bulletin of the World Health