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Expanding its mandate in research, the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) decided to invest its energies in bio-sciences and bio-engineering and threw open a dedicated centre for the same on Friday 27th , Jan. The money for the research school came in 2008 from an old boy of the college who graduated in 1969. The centre, which will specially focus on cancer-related research, is the outcome of one of its largest private purses that the institute has received $5 million from Romesh Wadhwani, founder of the Symphony Group. The Wadhwani Research Centre in Biosciences and Bioengineering will try to understand the mysteries that cells and proteins hold, of deciphering cell motility and cancer invasion and the reason why cancer spreads in the human body.
A focus area of the centre would be to understand how cancerous cells move from one localised area to other parts of the body. Cells in the human body are normally fixed. But cancerous cells grow in one place and move to another and this is how cancer spreads. The phenomenon is called metastasis and we want to understand what gives them the ability to move when they become cancerous, said Narayan Punekar, professor and head of the biosciences and bioengineering department. IIT-B director Devang Khakhar, said: With its initial thrust area we intend to have top-class faculty conduct research using emerging technologies with the purpose of changing lives for the better.
Courtesy: Times of India
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