Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, have developed cell-permanent recombinant proteins that can transform an adult human’s healthy skin cells into heart cells that can be used to repair damage to the human heart. Scientists use a technique called cellular reprogramming in which skin cells are reprogrammed by exposing them to specific proteins, giving rise to cells that have features of heart cells and can enable cardiac repair.
US President Joe Biden has nominated India-born Ajay Banga to serve as the president of the World Bank. Banga is the former chief executive officer of Mastercard and currently works with General Atlantic, an investment firm based out of New York, USA, as the vice chairman.
Scientists recently found the well-preserved fossil of a 185-million-year-old crocodile ancestor on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, UK. The creature has been named Turnersuchus hingleyae. It had a long, thin snout, which is similar to that of present-day gharials, and was approximately 2mts in length.