Issue 12 / 2016

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: Professor Mark Stoneking (Part II)

SciMy Interview: Professor Mark Stoneking (Part II)

Professor Mark Stoneking is a world-renowned geneticist in the field of human evolution. He (along with Professor Rebecca Cann and the late Professor Allan Wilson) is known for proposing the Mitochondrial Eve hypothesis in 1987. We caught up with Prof. Stoneking while he was in Malaysia to give a talk at the Monash University Malaysia in March 2015. This is part II of the interview.