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We will be covering the important questions and topics for competitive examinations for 2017 related to Defense and related policies. As per video tutorials and lectures at YouTube@Examrace

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Expected Questions on Health: UPSC IAS 2017

Dr. Manishika Jain in this video covers a variety of topics which are important for 2017. These include the expected questions on health.

Rabies Human Monoclonal Antibody (RMAb)

Drug: World’s first fast acting anti-rabies drug

Developed by:

  • Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII)
  • US-based Mass Biologics of the University of Massachusetts Medical School

Technology Used: Recombinant DNA technology

Recombinant DNA (rDNA):

  • Procedures to join together (recombine) DNA segments
  • Constructed from segments of two or more different DNA molecules
  • Can enter a cell and replicate there, either on its own or after it has been integrated into a chromosome
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  • Transmitted by: Daytime-active Aedes mosquitoes
  • First discovered: Zika forest in Uganda
  • Linked to: Microcephaly- > A condition where a baby’s head is much smaller than expected
  • Can attack: Nervous system
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It is first vaccine for Dengue fever


  • Caused by virus carried by mosquitoes
  • No specific dengue therapeutics
  • Prevention is currently limited to vector control measures
  • Major advance in the control of the disease
Contries at risk dengue transmission,2008

Contries at Risk Dengue Transmission, 2008

Contries at risk dengue transmission, 2008

GM Mosquitoes

  • Trial launched in Dawalwadi, Badnapur, Jalna district, Maharashtra
  • Suppress wild female mosquito populations that transmit dengue, chikungunya and Zika
  • Done by Oxitec and uses the Release of Insects carrying Dominant Lethal genes (RIDL) technology
  • Oxitec’s technology uses GM male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that carry a dominant lethal gene - > passed to offspring - > lethal gene in the offspring kills the larvae before they reach adulthood.
  • Oxitec’s mosquitoes were first released in Brazil were they have successfully reduced the local populations of mosquitoes by more than 90%, whereas insecticides only affect 30%.


  • It is Bacteria present in many insects and few mosquitoes excluding Dengue mosquitoes, Malaria Mosquitoes etc.
  • Transmitted genetically
  • Not harmful to Human beings. Wolbachia method of eradicating dengue and Malaria is being used by Researchers. When introduced in Dengue and Malaria mosquitoes they lose the ability to spread infection to humans.

Colony Collapse Disorder

  • Worker bees from a European honey bee colony abruptly disappear.
  • Called as disappearing disease, spring dwindle, May disease, autumn collapse, and fall dwindle disease
  • Called colony collapse disorder in 2006 with drastic rise in the number of disappearances of western honeybee colonies in North America.
  • Occurred also in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, Switzerland and Germany.
  • Agricultural crops worldwide are pollinated by European honey bees around $200 billion in 2005.
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Image of Honey Bee Losses

Image of Honey Bee Losses

Honey Bee Colony Loss By State

Honey Bee Colony Loss By State

Honey Bee Colony Loss By State

1st Natural Human Antibody against Ebola

  • Ebola – Identified 1976 in Congo
  • Transmission: Animal to Human & Human to Human
  • Host: Fruit bats
  • Symptoms: High fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage
  • 2014 Outbreak: West and east Africa mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Panama Disease

  • Fusarium Wilt of banana
  • Caused by: A soil borne fungus
  • Medium: Infected planting material, soil, water
  • Symptoms: Leaf yellowing, wilted leaves, stem splitting
  • Treatment: Soil treatment with fungicides
  • Tropical Race 4: New virulent strain of this disease
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- Published/Last Modified on: June 8, 2017


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