Myriad gains, we all lose
The US appeals court has upheld the patents for isolated human genes, ignoring scientists’ warning that it would obstruct vital research …
Where is the sceptical indian scientist?
WHOSE SEED IS IT ANYWAY?
The rich world’s mania for patenting seeds and pushing the UPOV agenda do not aid food security or biological diversity
Stepsons of the Ganga
A fascinating account of the men who ply the emblematic boats of Banaras and embody its very essence
'They asked me to withdraw my court case'
P PARDHA SARADHI is tenacious. This mild-mannered professor at the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of Delhi (DU) has …
Elusive hunt for skills and jobs
Budget outlays will not do much for job creation or readying youth for skilled work
We need our slaves
India tops the list of countries with huge numbers of modern slaves. But there is little outrage or concern here over what is an everyday reality
Beyond a flailing state
Health ministry cannot provide basic services, the finance ministry cannot collect taxes and the chaos of governance worsens
Indications of a geographic muddle
Are Geographical Indications safeguarding the interests of growers and artisans?
Blacked out & hacked
The fight to protect Internet freedom turns into war of attrition as protests against US measures to curb piracy grow strident
GEAC, experts slip on basics?
As the biotech industry takes heart from the prime minister’s remark, a fresh report shows India’s regulation and expertise on GM …
Why do we need patents?
There is no empirical evidence that patents serve to increase innovation and productivity
Tesla's `insane' move to free up patents
The electric carmaker's decision could spur a revolution in green vehicles and in the way patents are viewed
Drained royally by MNCs
Royalty payments to firms like Suzuki and Monsanto are sucking out huge sums from India
The aam politician is a crorepati
Every other politician who is elected now is a crorepati, even those in the Aam Aadmi Party
A nobel indictment of gene patenting
Legendary scientist James Watson files court brief against lunacy of gene patents
The denial of a patent on a medical test that correlates drug dosages with treatment could mean the end of human gene patents
Delhi University's gene mystery
Department of Science and Technology has no idea where GM lines in a high-profile case came from and who gave permission for research
Linkage between science and public policy has weakened
M S Swaminathan, popularly known as the father of India’s Green Revolution, has been associated with national agricultural research system (…
All our nuclear lies exposed
Book >> The Power Of Promise: Examining Nuclear Energy In India • by M V Ramana • Penguin/Viking • Price Rs 699
Ignore US bullying on IPRs
Countries should not be stampeded into changing laws by the USTR's arbitrary Special 301 report
The poverty quibble
Government claims a huge drop in poverty numbers but critical indicators—health, malnutrition and wages—continue to be grim. So how …
A myriad gene worries
Angelina Jolie’s dramatic disclosure has focused attention on gene patenting which has become a problematic legal question
Maya of Indian Science
Lies, denial and outright fraud have become the hallmark of Indian agricultural research because there is no accountability
ICAR’s shoddy science
Inquiry panel finds Bt cotton project had serious flaws, scientists were unethical