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Mozzie-born diseases to rise globally

OUTBREAKS of mosquito-borne illnesses like yellow fever, dengue, Zika and chikungunya are rising around the world. Climate change has created conditions favorable to mosquitoes’...

Under threat

ROME: The first-ever report of its kind presents mounting and worrying evidence that the biodiversity that underpins our food systems is disappearing – putting the future of our food, livelihoods, health...

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

KUALA LUMPUR: A locally developed aptamer-based biosensor is set to change the way we monitor human body, pathogens, food and environmental contaminants. The innovation also...

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...

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