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Organisms that can survive radiation under intensive study

Special Correspondent

Detection kits for various organisms being developed

Photo: P. Goutham

Informative booklet: G. Ilavazhagan , Director, DIPAS, DRDO (left), releasing a souvenir at a national seminar at Periyar University in Salem on Thursday. —

SALEM: Intensive studies are going on regarding organisms which can survive and tolerate radiation and other hazards like those experienced in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, said G. Ilavazhagan, Director, Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence.

Inaugurating a two-day National-level seminar on ‘Recent Trends in Microbial Technology with Reference to Extremophiles,' at the Department of Microbiology, Salem Periyar University on Thursday, Ilavazhagan said that the same was being used in biodefence.

Detection kits for various organisms such as one for A (H1N1) virus, other vaccines etc. were made. Developing weapon systems was also the aim.

He further added that science was important to humankind and a gamut of research activities from waste material decay to preventing human waste falling on rail tracks were being undertaken.

Many other projects related to health had been initiated, with Rural Ministry pursuing them.

“It is a very important subject and a lot needs to be researched,” he pointed out.

Vice Chancellor K. Muthuchelian said that 5.50 million microorganisms were present in the eco-system.

They were also acting as best catalysts. But less than one per cent was exploited and new metabolites were also decreasing.

They were the pioneer colonizers of Earth and their activities were enormous.

Those who spoke included K. Kathiresan, Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar, G Manimekalai, Kandasamy Kandar College, Velur, P. Gunasekaran, School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj University and R. Balagurunathan, Organising Secretary. A souvenir was also released on the occasion.

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