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Talk on tech in biology enthralls participants

“Ayurveda was often derided with questions like how can a few leaves and roots cure diseases?” explained Dr Mohammed Rafiq, general manager of the New Discoveries Group at The Himalayan Drug Company while addressing a gathering at St Josephs College (Autonomous).

He was speaking at a seminar organised by the Department of Zoology on Lofty Ideality & Visible Reality of Technology in Biology on Monday, January 21. The seminar was attended by more than 250 students from various colleges and consisted of talks by experts in the field.

Chief Guest Dr Sowdhamini, from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), spoke on Genome Sequencing of Medicinal Plants – Future Applications, and then about her area of interest: holy basil (Osmium basilicum) and the devil’s backbone (Cissusquadrangularis). She said her experiment found that holy basil has anticarcinogenic properties due to the presence of Taxol, as does devil’s backbone, which is called “Pirandai” in Tamil and is commonly consumed in chutney form.


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