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Contents. In this fascinating, miniature world of archaea Shilpi Sharma Indo-Swiss collaborative effort on Biofertilizers V.S.

Bisaria The Final year paradox Sumedha Roy Edible Vaccines-Adieu Needles!!! Anamika Singh EPIGENETICS : Why your DNA is not everything ! Sana Naz and Kriti Gupta Stem Cells: Science, Policy and Ethcs Chetan Krishna and Chirag Arora Non injection insulin Sunil Nagpal and Shika Gupta What it takes to have 12 billion dollar market cap? Kanika Khanna An Interview with Professor John Villadsen
Nikita Gupta New faculty profile News bulletin Puzzle -

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STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION The undergraduate students of our department participated in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM), a premier Undergraduate Synthetic Biology Competition organized by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA in November 2010. The Faculty mentors for the IIT Delhi team were Profs. Atul Narang and D. Sundar. IIT Delhi iGEM website : http://2010.igem.org/Team:IIT_Delhi_1 IIT Delhi iGEM presentation at MIT: http://web.iitd.ac.in/~sundar/iGEM-Video.mp4 Background of the competition The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) is a premier Undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition being organized by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since the year 2003. The student teams are given a kit of biological parts at the beginning of the summer from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Working at their own Institutions over the summer, they use these parts and new parts of their own design to build biological systems and operate them in living cells. Synthetic biology is one of the most exciting directions in current science. The iGEM design and competition format is an exceptionally motivating and effective teaching method for the undergraduate students. The competition format fosters hands-on interdisciplinary education. Biotechnology students learn engineering approaches and tools to organize, model, and assemble complex systems, while engineering students are able to immerse themselves in applied molecular biology.

News bulletin: Dr Ritu Kulshrestha has received a 85 Lakh grant on neuroscience from DBT Dr. D. Sundar has received the "Lady Tata Memorial Trust' sponsored "Young Researcher Award" for the year 2011 and also selected for membership of Indian National academy of sciences of India in April 2011 Prof. V.S.Bisaria has been appointed as Vice President of Asian Federation of Biotechnology (www.afob.org) from India. Interested person can become member of AFOB by following the application procedure mentioned in the website. Dr Shilpi Sharma has been awarded Young Scientist Awards by Association of Microbiologists of India (Nov 2011) and by National Environmentalists' Association (Dec 2011).

Some important visitors (2010-11) 1. Prof. Ron APPEL, Executive Director, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Basel 2. Dr. Stefan Klumpp, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam-Golm, Germany. 3. Prof. Anton Hartmann, Head, Department of Microbe-Plant Interactions, German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany. 4. Prof. John Villadsen, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark. 5. Dr. Torben Vedel Borchert, Senior Director Protein Optimization, Novozymes, Copenhagen. 6. Dr. Mahak Sharma, Harvard Medical School / Brigham and Womens Hospital, Boston, MA, USA 7. Dr. Saurabh Chattopadhyay, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

8. Dr. Dhiraj Kumar, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi. 9. Dr. Rikke Festersen, Head of R&D, Novozymes, Bangalore. 10. Dr. Zakir Thomas, Project Director Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD), CSIR, New Delhi Original list is longer, this is representative list

Dear DBEBians, Welcome you to the inaugural edition DBEB et al, a newsletter plus journal of department of Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology. Our motivations to begin this journal are many e.g., to encourage students to write an original article keep the community informed of developments in industry and academia even to put out a view point important events or news

Simply put an opportunity to share your thoughts on any subject related to BIO with everybody in the department. We believe highest form of scholarly is being able to put your observed/acquired knowledge in a written format. We would like you to write on anything that you think you would like to share with the whole department it may be a news, research insight or debate or simply put your opinion. Here in this inaugural edition we have articles ranging from understanding a emerging field to dreaming the future of vaccines/drug delivery to debate on bio ethics policy issues. We sincerely hope you will enjoy reading this journal during class breaks or between the incubation periods of your experiments or whenever you find time. DBEB et al is edited by mixture of faculty and students of the department. If you have an interesting topic to share with us or willing to contribute for the DBEB et al please contact any of the editorial members. We would like to publish this bi-annual depending on number of articles submitted. Wish you good luck for your academic pursuit and may this New Year give the opportunity to write a new story of achivements and success in your academic pursuit. Best wishes T.R Sreekrishnan Ravikrishnan E Sumedha Roy Sunil Nagpal Sachi Mittal