Prof P Balaram,Director of IISc,Bangalore,on Monday highlighted the significant role played by new chemical analysis tools with much higher resolution in determination of structure of molecules from natural sources,especially those that show potential for pharmaceutical applications.
Speaking at the silver jubilee year celebrations of the National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS),Balaram stressed the need for biologists and natural product chemists to come together,complement each others skills,and exploit the advances made in analytical chemistry and biology,with a shared vision of mapping and mining the chemical diversity in biology.
Balaram gave an inspiring and thought-provoking lecture on Chemical Diversity in Biology. He spoke about the amazing diversity of natural products,including molecules from plant,animal and microbial sources. He illustrated the complexity within this diversity with the example of toxins from snails. He elaborated on the cellular mechanisms that lead to such chemical diversity in different organisms.
Earlier,Dr Ulhas Wagh,Founder Director of NCCS,traced the origin of the institute. He said it all started with National Tissue Culture Facility (NTCF),a project initiated to serve as a national repository for cell lines and hybridomas. The project was constituted under the Cell Repository Programme of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Biotechnology Board (NBTB). The registration of this facility as a society under the name National Facility for Animal Tissue and Culture Collection (NFATCC) formally marked the inception of NCCS in 1988,he added.
Shekhar Mande,Director,NCCS said the contributions made by NCCS scientists have gained recognition worldwide,said Shekhar Mande,Director,NCCS.