articles by Shambhavi Naik

India

World Health Day 2021: What public health lessons can India learn from COVID-19 pandemic?

India needs to play a stronger role in its neighbourhood region, since infectious diseases can easily cross national borders.

India

DNA Technology Regulation Bill: Will the Standing Committee's concerns about privacy, capacity be addressed by Parliament?

The Bill indicates criminal and forensic DNA samples will be gathered in data banks, but doesn't include DNA samples from civilians.

India

Centre raises hopes of free COVID-19 vaccine, but benevolence can't be at the cost of the economy

The same funds could be used to provide food, medical care or support businesses as India looks to revive its economy.

India

COVID-19 vaccine deployment in India: Lessons we need to learn from the past

India can provide quality, low-cost vaccines not only for internal use but for global purposes however being the biggest manufacturer of vaccines is not sufficient.

science

Coronavirus outbreak, N95 masks, traditional medicine and other burning questions — answered

Ambiguity to the virus’ origin, fear spurred by its rapid spread and want of a cure has incited a deluge of misinformation.

science

How can society help keep Indian women in science, get young girls interested in the field?

Women make up only 14 percent of 2.8 lakh scientists, engineers and technologists in research, institutions in India.

India

The gene of prejudice in gender determination

Science is yet to fully understand issues of gender. Genes have made us more than just male or female. Only our vision limits us from thinking beyond this

World

Time India Lay’s eyes on Pepsi potato case

Don’t allow MNCs like Pepsi to control the supply chain; buy produce back from farmers

World

Advanced gene editing may mutate into WMDs

India remains vulnerable to disease outbreaks—natural or intentional—and should invest in biodefence capabilities

India

DNA bill is designed to fail

The Bill is a potpourri of good intentions—but aims at governing too much

science

Should India move towards germline gene editing aka genetically modified babies?

If India chooses to take this bold step, we will urgently require governance frameworks to regulate gene editing in the country.