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Researchers show how coffee growers can optimise profits sustainably

AS is true for many agricultural products, the process for growing coffee is complex. Increased use of fertiliser and pesticides will likely lead to higher crop yields, but...

Eating mushrooms may reduce the risk of cognitive decline

A TEAM from the Department of Psychological Medicine and Department of Biochemistry at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has found...

Scientists capture bacteria that eat and breathe electricity

FOR the first time, scientists at Washington State University captured tiny creatures that can “eat” pollution and generate electricity in the process. The team, led Abdelrhman Mohamed...

Scientists crack genome of superfood seaweed, ito-mozuku

FOR the first time, researchers unveil the genome of ito-mozuku (Nemacystus decipiens), the popular Japanese brown seaweed, providing data that could help farmers better grow the health food. The study, published...

Blind mice regain sight after single gene insertion

IT was surprisingly simple. University of California, Berkeley, scientists inserted a gene for a green-light receptor into the eyes of blind mice and, a month later, they were navigating...

M’sian made aptamer-based biosensor makes its mark

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DNA can tell what’s really in your food

BY JOSIAH LIEW & DR JU LIN TAN MALAYSIA is a food paradise. When you are famished, just drop by your local eatery and you can easily find delicious meals...

UKM houses the largest biobank in Southeast Asia

BY ASMAHANIM AMIR THE largest Biobank in Southeast Asia that holds millions of blood and urine specimens for research studies is based on the Medical Molecular Biology Institute (UMBI), Universiti...

Treating hypertension with herbal remedies

BY MAZLAN HANAFI BASHARUDIN PENANG : It’s commonly known that many types of medicine nowadays have herbal sources, which have long been the practice. However, have we tried testing the medical...

‘Throat-lite’ enables fast and accurate diagnosis of disease

By AZMAN ZAKARIA AN INNOVATION in throat examination, ‘Throatlite’, which combines the use of the wooden tongue depressor or spatula with mini LED lights enables a faster and more efficient examination...

Second patient free of HIV after stem-cell therapy

A SECOND person has experienced sustained remission from HIV-1 after ceasing treatment, reports a paper led by researchers at UCL and Imperial College London. The case report, published in Nature and...

Gene-edited babies, so what’s our take?

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How high can a penguin jump?

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Where is a shrimp’s heart located?

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GMO not the reason

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What is prosopagnosia?

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Engineers develop fast method to convert algae to biocrude

BIOFUEL experts have long sought a more economically-viable way to turn algae into biocrude oil to power vehicles, ships and even jets. University of...

Is a gene-edited animal a drug?

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Why everyone has different tongue print?

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Alzheimer’s-like symptoms reversed in mice

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UMS calls for new research models

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How far does a sneeze travel?

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Duopharma Biotech– On a mission to provide cancer therapeutics

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Call to boost education, S&T sectors in Muslim world

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Chinese expertise to lend sting to S’wak’s stingless bee industry

KUCHING: The Borneo state of Sarawak is looking across the South China Sea to lend more “sting” to its stingless bee industry. The popularity of...

Virologist gets coveted science accolade

KUALA LUMPUR: Professor Datin Paduka Dr Khatijah Mohamad Yusoff (pix) was conferred with the Lifetime Scientific Research Achievements Women’s award for her incredible and...

Chemists tap body heat to power ‘smart garments’

MANY wearable biosensors, data transmitters and similar tech advances for personalised health monitoring have now been “creatively miniaturised,” says materials chemist Trisha Andrew at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, but they require a...

Antarctica losing six times more ice mass annually now than 40...

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MERMAIDs reveal secrets from below the ocean floor

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Climate change and infertility

RISING temperatures could make some species sterile and see them succumb to the effects of climate change earlier than currently thought, scientists at the University of Liverpool warn. “There is...

Plastic waste could be turned into clean fuels, other products

THE United Nations estimates that more than 8 million tons of plastics flow into the oceans each year. A new chemical conversion process could transform the world’s polyolefin waste, a...

How long does it take a red blood cell to complete...

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Communicating scientific issues responsibly

A MEDIA workshop on Food Safety: Importance of Science Communication took place in Hanoi in November 2018 to foster an open discussion between media reporters and scientists, through the...

How plants cope with iron deficiency

RESEARCHERS at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) and the University of Münster (WWU) have discovered a new switch that plants use to control their responses to iron deficiency. The findings...

Engineered DNA vaccine against Mayaro virus

A NOVEL synthetic DNA vaccine developed at The Wistar Institute induces protective immunity against Mayaro virus (MAYV), a mosquito-borne infection endemic to South America, that has the potential to become...

Searca-BIC: Cost of regulatory delays for GM crops increasing

THE first in a series of policy briefs released by the SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center (SEARCA BIC) is based on a study  co-authored by Dr. Jose Benjamin Falck Zepeda,...

Biofortified cassava to improve nutrition in West Africa

THE “hidden hunger” caused by micronutrient deficiency is a global threat to human health, with particularly severe impacts in Africa. In Nigeria, 75 per cent of preschool children and 67...

Nigeria approves Bt cowpea commercialisation

COWPEA, also known as kacang tunggak in Malay may not be a key crop in Malaysia, but the Indians have long been using it in curry and vadai,...

Golden rice to be available in Bangladesh soon

BY SHAMIRA SHAMSUDDIN THE long wait for the realease of Golden rice in Bangladesh is almost over. The new variety of rice enriched with Vitamin A will be available in  Bangladesh...

Biotech to the rescue of brussels sprouts

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What is jelly fish made of?

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Why is Eiffel Tower taller during summer?

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UKM gets new vice chancellor

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Knowing the art of picking one’s brain

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Why honey never get spoilt?

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What is Titan?

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UPM develops photosynthesis enhancer

BY AZMAN ZAKARIA RESEARCHERS from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) have successfully produced ‘Photosynthesis Enhancer’ using carbon dots technology capable of increasing crop yields between 20 and 30 percent. Through the innovation, photosynthesis rate...

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