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.
Author: Scientific Malaysian
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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.