interlinked websites on the life and work of Dr
SubbaRow, hailed as an eminent medical mind of the 20th
century, were launched by Dean P C Sharma of IPU’s
School of Biotechnology at the 109th SubbaRow Birth
anniversary function organised by BRAINS the
Biotechnology Research and Information Society.
websites have been designed by BRAINS member Pankaj
Maheshwari, Veenu Aishwarya with inputs by science
writers Asha Ramachandran, Dinesh Sharma, N Raghuram and
S P K Gupta.
Institute of Immunology Director Sandip Basu delivered
the Third SubbaRow Memorial lecture on ‘the quest
for magic bullets’.
SubbaRow’s own quest for a ‘panacea’
or cure-all was successful with the discovery and
isolation of Aureomycin the first broad-spectrum
tetracycline effective against a whole range of
infectious bacterial and viral diseases. Recently, a
half a century after SubbaRow’s death,
tetracyclines have been inducted even in the fight
against dreaded forms of malaria.
SubbaRow’s folic acid vitamin, initially used for
treating anaemias, is now being prescribed to prevent
heart ailments. Antifolics like Methotrexate, introduced
by SubbaRow in cancer chemotherapy, have now found uses
in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and asthma. And
long-standing misgivings about his filarial cure,
diethyl carbamazine (DEC), have now been found to be
groundless and it is being used by WHO in its world wide
mass campaigns against elephantiasis the ugly disease.
on SubbaRow’s patent battles, Professor K Kannan
of IPU’s Biotechnology school, spoke on
‘intellectual property rights in
P C Sharma of the school delivered a lecture on
‘post-transcriptional gene silencing as a tool in
plant functional genomics’. (SubbaRow Club)