Author: Scientific Malaysian

A ‘Trp’ to the land of Kyns

A ‘Trp’ to the land of Kyns

Breakdown of the amino acid tryptophan through the kynurenine pathway impacts a plethora of immunological processes, ranging from the starvation of invading bacteria to the induction of immunotolerance and the modulation of neurological diseases.

Childhood vaccine controversies: the myths, the facts and the uncertainties

Childhood vaccine controversies: the myths, the facts and the uncertainties

by Dr Adli Ali Vaccine controversies and anti-vaccine movements are not something new. They began some 90 years ago in the early 20th century, even before the term “vaccination” was formally used. Let us now revisit what we may consider to be the 7 most scientifically […]

Superhero

Superhero

by Candice Lim “Mommy, I don’t wanna take the shot,” whimpered the little girl in my clinic this morning. She was dressed all in pink and didn’t look more than five years old. “Please be a good girl, Leila. It’s not gonna hurt,” coaxed her […]

Viruses as a cure for cancer?

Viruses as a cure for cancer?

by Suet Lin Chia At a Glance: Cancer has been haunting the human population for centuries. Despite the availability of various current treatments, the number of cancer patients is on the rise. This article discusses an alternative treatment for cancer– cancer virotherapy, a concept of using […]

Vaccines: an immunological revolution

Vaccines: an immunological revolution

by Juliana Ariffin Did you know that if you went back in time, most of you would be immune to some of the most devastating diseases that have ravaged humankind in the past? We owe this invisible armour that we possess to the hard work […]

AMA session with Dr. Betty Kim Lee Sim

AMA session with Dr. Betty Kim Lee Sim

From the 1st to 13th of March 2015, Scientific Malaysian organised an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on their online discussion platform with Dr. Betty Kim Lee Sim (@bkimleesim), Founder of Protein Potential LLC and Executive Vice President of Process Development and Manufacturing at Sanaria […]

The dengue vaccine dilemma: route to prevention – are we there yet?

The dengue vaccine dilemma: route to prevention – are we there yet?

Although the Phase III clinical studies showed that Dengvaxia® was efficacious with satisfactory safety profile, we still have to continue monitoring the vaccine for long-term adverse effect by developing suitable models and active collaborations to decipher the immunological mechanisms that might be triggered by the vaccine. We also require a thorough cost-benefit analysis to determine the best option for dengue vaccination program in Malaysia. Besides, we should not neglect other approaches such as vector control and dengue hotspot identification that can benefit other mosquito-borne diseases (e.g. malaria).

SciMy Interview: Hafizah Noor Isa – Malaysian physicist involved in the direct detection of gravitational waves

SciMy Interview: Hafizah Noor Isa – Malaysian physicist involved in the direct detection of gravitational waves

The recent direct detection of gravitational waves (GW) from the collision of two black holes) by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) laboratories has been lauded as one of the most remarkable scientific breakthroughs in recent times. Little did we know that fellow Malaysian Hafizah Noor Isa is one of the researchers involved in this historic discovery. In an email correspondence with Scientific Malaysian, Hafizah tells us a bit about herself, her involvement in the LIGO collaboration and her comments about the gravitational wave project.