A Bioinformatics View on How Corona Virus Binds to the Host Receptor

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A Bioinformatics View on How Corona Virus Binds to the Host Receptor Dr. Abhijit Kayal Senior Scientist, Quantumzyme In December 2019, a novel coronavirus, named SARS-CoV-2, emerged in Wuhan, China, and led to a rapidly spreading outbreak of coronavirus disease which is designated as COVID-19 by World Health Organisation (WHO).The coronavirusCOVID-19 is affecting 210 countries and territories. Till now the death toll rises to 1,68,784 (date: 20.04.2020).However, the world has already seen a similar pandemic in the year 2002 by a similar type of coronavirus SARS-CoV. The similarities between SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 are striking, not only in name but also in their …

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Biological Catalyst: A Paradigm Shift

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In the mid-1980s, there was a significant public concern on the huge amount of chemical waste generated by chemical and pharmaceutical industries. A paradigm shift was clearly needed from this traditional approach by the chemical industry with respect to the generation of hazardous and toxic waste. There was an immediate focus on cleaner chemistry, resource efficiency and bio-processes to produce less waste. This, alternative route, came to known as “Green Chemistry”. The industrial process of synthesizing different compounds largely depends on chemical catalysis where mostly heavy metals are used as a catalytic agent. Metals like rhodium, palladium, ruthenium are often …

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