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The single cell gel electrophoresis or comet assay is one such state-of-the-art technique for quantitating DNA damage and repair in vivo and in vitro in any eukaryotic cell and some prokaryotic cells. This technique is rapid, non-invasive, sensitive, visual and inexpensive as compared to the conventional techniques and is a powerful tool to study factors modifying mutagenicity and carcinogenicity. It has rapidly gained importance in the fields of genetic toxicology and human biomonitoring.
The Environmental Information System (ENVIS Centre) at CSIR-IITR is a network partner with the focal point at the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India, New Delhi. Established in January 1984, this Centre, one of the earliest, functions in the area of toxic chemicals. In association with MoEnF and other ENVIS centers it builds up a repository of information and its dissemination.
The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), known for its cutting edge R&D knowledgebase in diverse S&T areas, is a contemporary R&D organization. Having pan-India presence, CSIR has a dynamic network of 38 national laboratories, 39 outreach centres, 3 Innovation Complexes and 5 units. CSIR’s R&D expertise and experience is embodied in about 4600 active scientists supported by about 8000 scientific and technical personnel.
Established in 2011 as an ‘Institution of National Importance’ (interim operations started in June, 2010), the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) has adopted the mandate to create and train some of the best of tomorrow’s Science & Technology leaders through a combination of innovative and novel curricula, pedagogy and evaluation. AcSIR’s focus will be on imparting instruction and providing research opportunities in such areas that are not routinely taught in regular academic universities in India.
OASIS will facilitate optimal deployment of staff and allow appropriate utilization of HR. It will help CSIR to plan ahead by capitalizing on its HR-strengths. In the first phase, OASIS will provide secure access to all bonafide and registered Scientists of CSIR and allow them to update their profiles. Interconnectivity among the different modules provides flexibility in query generation.
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