Considerable and sincere efforts are being made to enhance the reach and
tempo of science education and research in India. An unprecedented increase in budgets, new institutes and learning centers, involvement of NRI scientists and the Department of Science and Technology inspired programmes like INSPIRE can now be seen. These efforts are steps in the right direction.

After years of defensiveness, a siege mentality and the stonewalling of any criticism, a quiet revolution is under way in animal research. What has triggered this change of heart? It's partly down to the economic climate plus fewer new medicines - despite increased investment in research - and the removal of much of the threat from animal rights extremism, in the UK at least. (Editorial)

Many researchers avoid using female animals. Stringent measures should consign this prejudice to the past, argue Irving Zucker and Annaliese K. Beery.

Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman believed that creative pursuit in science requires irreverence. Sadly, this spirit is missing from Indian science today. As other nations pursue more innovative approaches to solving problems, India must free itself from a traditional attitude that condemns irreverence, so that it too can address local and global challenges and nurture future leaders in science.

February 9, 2010 was indeed a sad day for Indian biotechnology. The Union

Lack of science and technology (S&T) education and research amenities is the root cause of rural backwardness resulting in villages being treated as

The testing of substances for adverse effects on humans and the environment needs a radical overhaul if we are to meet the challenges of ensuring health and safety.

Indian universities are likely to find themselves under a new oversight body, human resource development minister Kapil Sibal announced last week. Physicist Yash Pal led the committee that recommended setting up a six-member National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER) to reform higher education.

With the advent of "World Wide Web", the Cyberspace has spread its tenatacles throughout the globe bringing in its wake highly controversial issues. Despite advantages of this matrix of immense utility, the Internet poses potential threat to the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) of incurring liability for no fault of theirs.

Across the world, attempts at regulating the processes and products of recombinant DNA technologies, including genetically modified organisms (GMOs) had their origins in the famous Asilomar Conference in 1975.