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International Webinar on Insights on COVID-19: IMMUNOPATHOLOGY and DIAGNOSIS


An International level webinar on Insights on Covid -19: Immunopathology and Diagnosis was organized by the Department of Biotechnology on Thursday 28th May, 2020 on Zoom online platform in association with BIAP. The Webinar began with the inauguration speech by Mrs. Suparna Deepak, program co-ordinator. She said that the Corona pandemic has unveiled the true importance of the Biotechnologists and now is the time for all Biotechnologists to rise and shine, live up to the expectations of common people, and help in making the world a better place to live again together.

The webinar was an attempt to give a snapshot of what has been achieved in such a short time and to discuss the two strategies to combat Covid 19 pandemic including developing diagnostic test and tools and defining the immunopathological changes in patients with COVID-19 which could provide potential targets for drug discovery and is important for clinical management

The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Gajanan Wader, Principal of Pillai college of Arts, Commerce & Science. He welcomed the two speakers for the webinar and gave an introduction about the college and the department.

The first speaker was Dr. Usha Padmanabhan, Senior scientist and HOD Biochemistry, Haffkine Institute of Training, Research and Testing, Parel. She spoke about the symptoms and transmission of Covid 19. She gave an overview of different types of diagnostic tests carried out for COVID 19 and their exact procedures. She shared her first-hand experiences with us regarding the difficulties faced by the healthcare workers.

Dr. Ankit Saxena, Scientist, NHLBI, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, US was the second speaker for the webinar. He gave the overview how our immune system responds towards the coronavirus. He spoke about the importance of herd immunity and ways to achieve it.

Mrs. Deepika Sharma, Vice-Principal, Pillai college of Arts, Commerce & Science to proposed the vote of thanks. She was immensely satisfied by both the lectures as it gave a scientific view of the disease and the strategies imposed by the Government to combat it. She concluded the webinar by thanking the speakers, management, audience and the organizers.

The webinar received excellent feedback from the attendees from various colleges from various states in India and also from abroad. There were 204 participants including students and academicians. At the end, E-certificates were provided to all the participants

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National level Seminar on Biotechnology in Diagnostics

A National level Seminar on Biotechnology in Diagnostics was organized by the Department of Biotechnology on Saturday 21st September, 2019. The seminar began with the inauguration ceremony followed by the keynote address by Dr. Rajesh Karla, an esteemed scientist from THSTI, Faridabad on Antibody Generation Technologies. His talk touched upon the crucial role of monoclonal antibody in diagnosing and combating of emerging viral diseases. This was followed by a session on CRISPR in Molecular Diagnostics, by Dr. Chitra Seethraman Misra, scientist from BARC, Mumbai. The talk enlightened the audience on the latest developments and applications of CRISPR, thought to be a revolutionary diagnostic tool of the recent years. The seminar was continued by Dr. Pathakota Gireesh Babu, scientist from ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai, who presented a talk on the current developments in molecular diseases using diagnostic tools.

This session was followed by a sumptuous lunch break along with 18 posters being presented by the participants. The participants had an exposure to informative posters and gained an experience in presenting scientific data. The poster evaluation round was followed by a session on various diagnostic techniques in management of diseases by Dr. Parineeta Samant from MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai. The seminar was concluded with a valedictory function where in the award for the best poster and three consolation prizes were awarded. The enlightening seminar was well received by faculty and students alike.

Organizing Committee:
Dr. C. K. Prashant
(Convener)
Dr. Remya Varadarajan
(Member)
Dr. Navami Dayal
(Member)

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Department of Biotechnology organized State Level Seminar on "Recent Trends in Biotechnology"

The Department of Biotechnology and Biotechnology Association of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science (PCACS), New Panvel, organized a National Level Seminar on “Recent trends in Biotechnology” on 8th September, 2018 (Saturday). One hundred and ninety six participants comprising students & faculty members from different colleges including PCACS participated in the seminar.

The distinguished guests formally inaugurated the event at 9.30 a.m. by lighting the lamp. Ms. Deepika Sharma, Vice Principal, PCACS welcomed the gathering. Opening remarks were given by Prof. Meenakshi Johri, Convener of the Seminar. Dr. Ambak Kumar Rai, Assistant professor, Department of Biotechnology at Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahbad delivered the Key note address on “Horizon of host-pathogen interactions: An off beat approach of Leishmania in modulating the host response and favoring its own survival. He spoke about the disease Visceral Leishmaniasis, which is tropical disease caused by sand flies. The life cycle of the parasite Leishmania donovani was explained by him. He also spoke about the symptoms seen in the patients. The approach towards getting the host immune system to function normally along with drugs was also told by him. After his talk the students interacted with him. His lecture was very interesting and informative. The first technical session was started by Dr. Aparna Choudhari who is the Principal Scientist & Head in Fish Genetics and Biotechnology division at ICAR - Central Institute of Fisheries education, Versova, Mumbai. Her talk was on “Current molecular approaches for disease prevention and control”. She began her talk with the concept of vaccines and the different types of vaccines available. She also spoke about why vaccines are important for fishes just like humans. The approaches of different vaccines designed for fishes till now was explained by her. The methods used for vaccinating the fishes and the results obtained was also told by her. Apart from that she advised the students to take proper care while disposing different chemicals and solutions as they affect the marine life. The session was then open for interaction where students and teachers interacted with her. The next speaker in the first technical session was Dr. Prasenjit Bhaumik Associate Professor, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Bombay. His talk was about “Molecular insights into the catalytic mechanism and allosteric co-operativity of an enzyme”. He began his talk by explaining what is an enzyme and about enzyme-substrate reaction. He then spoke about a specific enzyme Glutamate dehydrogenase(GDH). The structure of the enzyme was explained by him with a 3D structure diagram. He explained in detail the conformation of the enzyme when bound to the substrate, inhibitor, co-enzyme and reaction intermediates based on his study.

The second technical session began at 2.00 p.m. following lunch. The session commenced with the lecture of Mr. Prasanna Rao, Cheif operating officer, Sampurn(e)arth Environment solutions Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai. He spoke about “Waste management solutions by Biotechnology”. He began his session by explaining the concept of waste and how is it generated. He told the audience about why nothing on the planet is waste including plastic. He showed an AV about how can we return what we take from the nature with the help of an example of biogas production. He also told everyone how they can contribute in helping reduce the waste generated by separating the waste as dry waste and wet waste. The dry waste goes for recycling whereas the wet waste can go for biogas production and the remaining waste from this production can be used as compost.The Valedictory session was held at 3.30 pm where, Dr. C. K. Prashant, Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, PCACS gave the concluding remarks. The seminar ended with distribution of certificates by Mr. Prasanna Rao, followed by Vote of thanks by the Convener, Prof. Meenakshi Johri.

The students and faculty members were very interactive throughout the lectures. The seminar received a good feedback form the audience. Overall the seminar was very encouraging and was well appreciated by the guests, students and faculty members.

Department of Biotechnology organized State Level Seminar on "Advances in Medical Biotechnology"

The Department of Biotechnology and Biotechnology Association of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science (PCACS), New Panvel, organized a State Level Seminar on “Advances in Medical Biotechnology” on 1st March, 2018 (Thursday). One hundred and ninety six participants comprising students & faculty members from different colleges including PCACS participated in the seminar.

The distinguished guests formally inaugurated the event at 9.30 a.m. by lighting the lamp. Dr. Gajanan Wader, I/c Principal, PCACS welcomed the gathering. Chief Guest, Dr. Siddhivinayak S. Barve, Chairman, Board of Studies in Biotechnology, University of Mumbai, welcomed the participants and delivered an informative and wonderful speech highlighting the vital role of Biotechnology in our lives. Opening remarks were given by Prof. Gopakumar Pillai, Convener of the Seminar. Dr. Krutika Desai, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Mithibai College delivered the Key note address on “New approaches in development of Antibacterials”. In her converse, she explained the importance of antibacterial molecules and its mechanisms, spread of antibacterial resistance and development of better antimicrobial drugs. Her lecture was very interesting and informative. The first technical session started at 11.00 a.m. by Dr. Parag Saudagar, Director, SK Biobiz Pvt. Ltd., Nashik. He delivered the lecture on “Bacillus spores as Probiotic”. He described the benefits of various probiotics and its development with emphasis on Bacillus probiotics. The second speaker of the session Dr. Divyashree S., Infection Specialist, MGM New Bombay Hospital, Vashi, gave the lecture on “Emerging and reemerging infections: Challenges and Control measures”. In her talk, she discussed the ways by which infections can reemerge and also explained routes of emergence of new infections with current status worldwide. The second technical session began at 2.00 p.m. following lunch. The session commenced with the lecture of Dr. Dhanjit Kumar Das, Scientist D., Genetic Research Centre, NIRRH. He gave a lecture on “Advances in Diagnostic Technology”. The lecture covered the causes of genetic disorders and techniques used in diagnosis of the same. The second speaker for the session was Dr. Aldon Fernandes, Vice President, R&D Biologicals – Equine, Bharat Serum & Vaccines Ltd. His lecture was on “Heterologous Polyclonal Antibody Therapy”. He discussed about Equine biologicals manufacturing and controls, nosocomial infections and role of equine biologicals.

The Valedictory session was held at 4 p.m. where, Dr. C. K. Prashant, Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, PCACS gave the concluding remarks emphasizing on the potential of Medical Biotechnology in improving quality of human health. The seminar ended with distribution of certificates by Dr. Aldon Fernandes, followed by Vote of thanks by the Convener, Prof. Gopakumar Pillai.

The students and faculty members were very interactive throughout the lectures. The seminar received a good feedback form the audience. Overall the seminar was very encouraging and was well appreciated by the guests, students and faculty members.

Department of Biotechnology organized State Level Seminar on "Role of Biotechnology in Sustainable Development"

A One day State Level Seminar on ‘Role of Biotechnology in Sustainable Development’ was organized by the Department of Biotechnology in association with, Biotechnology Association and Environment Analysis and Conservation team at Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science (PCACS), New Panvel, on 20th February, 2017 (Monday). Two hundred participants comprising students and faculty members from different colleges including PCACS participated in the seminar.

The distinguished guests formally inaugurated the event at 9.30 a.m. by lighting the lamp. Dr. R.I.K. Moorthy, Principal of Pillai College of Engineering welcomed the gathering. Opening remarks were given by Prof. Gopakumar Pillai, Convener of the Seminar. Chief Guest, Dr. Siddhivinayak Barve, Director – Scientific Research Centre, KET’S V.G. Vaze College, Mulund delivered the keynote address on “Sustainable Development Biotechnology”. In his converse, the explained the current environmental issues that the world is facing and how Biotechnology can help solving these issues directing the nation towards Sustainable Development’. His lecture was very interesting, informative and motivating. The technical session on sustainable energy and agriculture started at 11.15 a.m. by Dr. Sandeep Joshi, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, PCE, New Panvel. He delivered the lecture on “Biofuel - Alternate Engine fuel”. He described the potential of biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel as an alternative fuel which can address issues of greenhouse gases, emissions and help in climate change mitigation. The second speaker of the session Dr. Seema Mishra, Director – SIES Indian Institute of Environment Management, Nerul gave the lecture on “Biotechnology in Sustainable Agriculture”. In her talk, she discussed on the development of various biofertilizers and soil fertility improvement strategies to develop effective agriculture. The technical session on Bioenergy and Biodiversity began at 2.15 p.m. following lunch. The session commenced with the lecture of Dr. Shubhalaxmi Vaylure, Founder and CEO, Ladybird Environmental Consultancy LLP, Kharghar. She gave a lecture on “Mobile Applications for recording Urban Biodiversity”. The lecture covered the issues related to usage of the iNaturewatch Mobile apps for climate change studies, engaging students outdoors for environmental studies, and the potential of students as citizen scientists in urban settings. The second speaker for session on Bioenergy was Dr. Annamma Anil Odaneth, Assistant Professor of biochemistry form DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences, ICT, Matunga. Her lecture was on “Bioenergy production on sustainable development”. She discussed on biomass resources for bioenergy generation and the technologies used for the same, logistics of biomass collection and storage, its impact on biomass resources, economic development and overall dynamics.

The Valedictory session was held at 4.30 p.m. where, Dr. P. S. Goyal, Dean – R & D, PCE gave the concluding remarks emphasizing on the potential of Biotechnology in developing an effective healthcare. The seminar ended with distribution of certificates by Dr. Annamma and Dr. P. S. Goyal followed by Vote of thanks by the Convener, Prof. Gopakumar Pillai.

The students and faculty members were very interactive throughout the lectures. The seminar received a good feedback form the audience. Overall, the seminar was very encouraging and was well appreciated by the guests, students and faculty members.


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The Department of Biotechnology and Biotechnology Association of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science (PCACS), New Panvel, organized a State Level Seminar on “Nanobiotechnology and Nutraceuticals in Health and Disease Management” on 19th January, 2016 (Tuesday).

Three hundred participants comprising students & faculty members from different colleges including PCACS participated in the seminar.

The distinguished guests formally inaugurated the event at 10.30 am by lighting the lamp. Dr. Daphne Pillai, Principal, PCACS welcomed the gathering. Opening remarks were given by Prof. Gopakumar Pillai, Convener of the Seminar. Chief Guest, Dr. Jayesh Bellare, Professor - Chemical Engineering, School of Biosciences & Bioengineering, IIT, Powai delivered the keynote address “Amazing Nanotechnology and its applications in health care and more...” In his converse, he explained the importance of Nanotechnology and its applications in health care. His lecture was very interesting, informative and motivating. The technical session on Nanobiotechnology started at 11.45 am by Dr. Absar Ahmad, Senior Principal Scientist, NCL, Pune. He delivered the lecture on “Green synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials and their various applications”. He described the synthesis of various nanomaterials which has applications in healthcare. The second speaker of the session Dr. P. A. Hassan, Scientific Officer H & Head, Thermal & Interfacial Chemistry Section, Chemistry Division, BARC, gave the lecture on “Interfacial engineering of nanomaterials for drug delivery”. In his talk, he discussed microstructure and drug delivery aspects of various materials created via self-assembly in designing stimuli sensitive drug delivery systems. The technical session on Nutraceuticals began at 2.15 pm following lunch. The session commenced with the lecture of Dr. Rekha Singhal, Professor - Department of Food Engineering & Technology, Dean - Research, Consultancy and Resource Mobilization, ICT, Mumbai. She gave a lecture on “Nutraceuticals for joint health”. The lecture covered the basic reasons and types of disorders associated with joints, the conventional treatments and their limitations, and the nutraceuticals that have been investigated along with their relevant clinical studies reported across the world. The second speaker for session on Nutraceuticals was Dr. Mukesh Nandave, Associate Professor of Pharmacology Department form NMIMS, Mumbai. His lecture was on “Nutraceuticals in Health and Disease with Special Emphasis on their Roles in Cardiovascular Diseases”. He discussed the differences and similarities in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, their market place as well as roles in treatment and management of CVD.

The Valedictory session was held at 4 pm where, Dr. P. S. Goyal, Dean – R & D, PIIT gave the concluding remarks emphasizing on the potential of Nanobiotechnology and Nutraceuticals in developing an effective healthcare. The seminar ended with distribution of certificates by Dr. Rekha Singhal, Dr. Daphne Pillai & Dr. P. S. Goyal followed by Vote of thanks by the Convener, Prof. Gopakumar Pillai.

The students and faculty members were very interactive throughout the lectures. The seminar received a good feedback form the audience. Overall the seminar was very encouraging and was well appreciated by the guests, students and faculty members.

Singing Competition 2019-20

Biotechnology Association of Pillai College of Arts, Science and Commerce conducted a singing competition on Friday, 27th September, 2019 in the Auditorium. About 12 participants took part in the competition where 9 were solo participants and 3 were in group. The Judge for the event was Mrs. Pushbam Shivkumar who is trained in carnatic music and also performs in stages shows.

The event began at 10:30 with a welcome address followed by an introduction of the competition by Mrs. Meenakshi Johri, In-charge of Biotechnology Association. Participants were given 5 mins and were allowed to sing in any language. Participants sang various songs of different genre ranging from classical to rock and made the whole atmosphere melodious. The audeinece were enthralled by each of the performance.

After all performance, even the teachers showed their hidden talents and amazed the kids. There were two solo prizes which was won by Sharanya Nair, MSc-1 student and Chrismon Shaji, FY.Bsc student. The group prize was won by Faiza and Group from S. Y. B.Sc.

The event ended with vote of thanks given by Mrs. Suparna Deepak, coordinator of BSc. People enjoyed and left for the day with amazing memories.

  • The Department of Biotechnology is organizing singing competition on Friday, 27th September 2019 at 10:30 am in Auditorium.
  • The Marathi Vangmaya Mandal organized My Marathi Competition on Saturday, 10th September 2019 at 10:00 am in classroom.

VISTAS in Biotechnology – 2018-19

Biotechnology Association in association with Department of Biotechnology organized a poster making competition - "Vistas in Biotechnology" on 9th March 2019, Saturday. Students from F.Y., S.Y. and M.Sc. - I participated in the event. The event began by 10 am and the judge for the event was Mr. Abhilash Das, Field Application Specialist - Biopharma, Spinco Biotech Pvt. Ltd. He is an alumnus of the department of Biotechnology. Posters on diverse topics were put up and students were given 7 minutes to explain their topic and three minutes to answer questions put forth by the judge.

Mr. Abhilash Das, Field Application Specialist - Biopharma, Spinco Biotech Pvt. Ltd. sharing his insights

Student participant explaining her poster to Mr. Abhilash Das

Student participant during question answer session

Mr. Abhilash Das presenting certificate and cash prize to the winners of poster making competition - "Vistas in Biotechnology"

Prof. Meenakshi Johri presenting token of honour to Mr. Abhilash Das

Posters presented were on:

  1. Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome
  2. Plastic vs Bio-plastic
  3. Genetically Modified Organisms
  4. Crispr Technology
  5. Enzymes in Food Biotechnology
  6. Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  7. Biolumine Scence
  8. Waste Management
  9. Enzyme-substrate Interactions
  10. How’s the Health!
  11. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
  12. Anti-cancerous Properties of Carrot & Beetroot

The posters were judged and the results were announced soon. The first prize was awarded to Tanushri Rakshaskar and Rakshita Shetty from M. Sc. Part 1 for their poster "Anti-cancerous properties of carrot & beetroot" and the second prize was awarded to the Akhila Nair and Aditi Raju from F.Y. B.Sc. for their poster "Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome". Both the winners were given a cash prize and a certificate. Mr. Abhilash gave personal comments and suggestions to all the participants to improve their poster making skills. The event was a great success and students got an opportunity to learn many new things.

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Department of Biotechnology had organized one day workshop on “FOLDSCOPE” technique on 4th January, 2019. Dr. Anupma H. W., Indo-US Foldscope awardee from Ministry of Science and Technology was invited to conduct this workshop.

A Foldscope is an optical microscope that can be assembled from simple components, including a sheet of paper and a lens. It was developed by Manu Prakash and designed to cost less than US$1 to build. It is part of the “frugal science” movement which aims to make cheap and easy tools available for scientific use in the developing world.

The event started of with a presentation in the Auditorium at 10 am on the effectiveness and the outreach of this simple, cheap and unique technique to explore the microworld. This was followed by hands on experience by all the students of F. Y., S. Y. and T. Y. B. Sc Biotechnology. Initially all the faculty members were trained individually by Dr. Anupma. They in turn along with Dr. Anupma guided the students regarding how to use the foldscope.

Different sample were studied using foldscope such as: Curd, Water, onions, potato, petals, leaves, stem, pollens, different flowers etc. the students enthusiastically explored all the samples and were very excited about the new technique that they had learnt in this session.

Folk Dance – The first event of Department of Biotechnology for the academic year 2018-19

The first and the very most stupendous event “Folk Dance” held by the Biotechnology Association of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science stood as the kick-start for the academic year 2018-19. The event was organized on 27th July, 2018 from 11:30 onwards in the Auditorium of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science. With the arrival of neoteric – fresher’s, Biotechnology department had a very rejuvenating day full of thrill and enthusiasm.

Students performing Rajasthani Folk Dance

Biotechnology students performing the vibrant Bhangra Dance

Maharashtra’s Koli Dance bags the 1st Prize in the Folk Dance Competition

Group photo of all the participants and the teachers

Inauguration of the event was done in the presence of all the respected teachers and coordinators of the Biotechnology Department by lightening the eternal diya. The Teacher In-charge of Biotechnology Association, Ms. Meenakshi Johri conveyed the purpose of the Association to the fresher’s and request them to participate in the forthcoming events with enthusiasm. She also introduced the student In-charges from all the classes who would be handling the events of the Biotechnology Association. The guest of honour and the judge for the event was Ms. Ramya S. Kumar, who has mastered folk dance. The other judge for the event was the alumni and the staff of the department Miss. Ashwathy Gangadharan, who is a classical dancer with 16 years of experience. Being hosted by T.Y.B.Sc. student Miss. Kanimalar and S.Y.B.Sc. student Pristo Paul, the show got its perfect catalyst to increase the crowd’s avidity. Variant types of folk dances such as Rajasthani, Koli, Bhangra, Lavani and Garba were performed by the students of S.Y.B.Sc., T.Y.B.Sc. and M.Sc.Biotechnology. Each region has its own uniqueness and style which was amazingly depicted by all the participants.

Within the short span of time, students gave their all to make this event look vibrant and alluring. Maharashtra’s Koli dance bagged first prize followed by the Punjab’s Bhangra, which won as the runner-up for the event. The show came to an end with the promising vibe of keeping the energy constant for the rest of the year and concluded with a group photo of all the participants and the teachers.



Campus Drive was conducted for T.Y.B.Sc Biotechnology course

The placement cell had conducted a campus drive for T.Y.B.Sc. Biotechnology course on 12th January, 2017. Lilac Insights is India's leading provider of evidence based genetic services with a special focus in the area of Maternal and Fetal Health, Newborn Health and Oncology.

Following students from T.Y.BSc. Biotechnology have been selected by Lilac Insights Pvt. Ltd. in the campus interview:

  1. Mr. Ashwin Naidu
  2. Ms. Rutuja Yelmar
  3. Ms. Riddhi Jore
  4. Ms. Pallavi Jadhav
  5. Ms. Shruti Jadhav
  6. Mr. Shubham Bendre

The Biotechnology Placement Cell conducted a career guidance lecture on 16th August 2016 for B.Sc and M.Sc Biotechnology students in 7th Floor Auditorium. Mr. Abhilash Das, an Alumnus of the college who is working as a Senior Production Executive in Reliance Life Sciences was the resource person. Prof. Padmaja Ghanti, Head of PCACS Placement Cell & Prof. Gopakumar Pillai, Biotech Placement in charge welcomed and introduced the guest.

Mr. Abhilash Das explained the students about ways to develop industry relevant skills and knowledge and motivated them to explore different avenues in the field of Biotechnology. He shared his experience in the area of Research and Production and also discussed about job prospects in Reliance Life Sciences and other companies he has worked earlier. He enlightened and guided the students in various career aspects where the students can aspire and initiate their career. The presentation and interaction of the speaker was very effective, wherein he showed many related visuals. The students interacted enthusiastically and the resource person answered their queries and cleared their doubts.

The session came to an end with a vote of thanks by Prof. Gopakumar Pillai and the student representative, Ms. Reema Shrivastava. Overall, the lecture was very informative and encouraging and was well perceived by the students.

Prof. Gopakumar Pillai
Biotech Placement In charge

Consortia - An Intercollegiate Biotechnology Fest on 16th January, 2016. view Brochure


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