The experts on Tuesday conveyed, “Gene therapy and biotechnology can be used to tackle environmental issues like deforestation and air pollution, while genetic modification in mosquitoes can solve the problems of epidemic diseases such as dengue and malaria.”
According to Nabarun Ghosh, “Gene therapy is very promising in solving the problems in curing diseases and genetic disorders that do not have any remedy at present. Genetic modification in mosquitoes can solve the problems of epidemic diseases such as dengue and malaria.” Nabarun Ghosh is a biology professor at the West Texas A&M University. Nabarun contributed his thoughts while addressing the school students of the Science City of Kolkata.
Biotechnology is a field which helps to find about the particulate matter at the level of 2.5 in the air. This level of particulate matter is amongst the burning issues of the big cities across the globe.
Nabarun further adds, “I worked in collaboration with another scientist, to make a filterless air purifier that will clean the air and destroy PM 2.5 which is found indoors as well. In 2005 when we started, we were targeting MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria. We used AHPCO Cell (Advanced Hydrated Photocatalytic Oxidation Cell), and we could measure the saturation of PM 2.5 using our machine,”
There is much ongoing research on detecting the genetic effect of the particulate matter at the level of 2.5.
According to doctor PK Banerjee, “Researchers are trying to identify the effect on the gene due to pollution. We are doing the medication of the diseases without knowing the exact genetic effect of pollution causing a particular disease.”
In addition to this, Nabarun Ghosh is also engaged in an additional study on the analysis of carbon, sulfur and nitrogen content of Triphala and identification of a particular chemical to treat cancers.
Nabarun concludes, “Currently I am also working in collaboration with other scientists on Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia). We have analysed and found that the biochemical of the plant can reduce blood sugar.”