Issue 8 / 2014

Stem cell therapy – challenges from  bench to bedside

Stem cell therapy – challenges from bench to bedside

by Mohammad Firdaus Abdul Aziz “The lack of clinical evidence to support stem cell therapy puts patients at risk of receiving at best ineffective, and at worst unsafe or even harmful treatments, raising calls for a campaign to raise awareness and educate patients about these […]

No mind reading! – A glimpse of  modern psychology

No mind reading! – A glimpse of modern psychology

by Tan Li Li and Chooi Weng-Tink At a glance The modern field of psychology includes the following key research areas (and many more): Cognitive psychology – the study of mental processes collectively known as cognition, which covers perception, attention, memory, language, problem-solving, etc. Social […]

Cancer Diagnosis: Why don’t we scan and test everyone to detect cancer?

Cancer Diagnosis: Why don’t we scan and test everyone to detect cancer?

It is well known that the survival rate of cancer patients is much higher if the cancer is diagnosed at an early stage. As medical technology evolves, there are now an abundance of scans and blood tests available to help doctors detect cancers and other diseases. Putting these two facts together, a natural question is: “Why don’t we scan and test everyone regularly so that we could pick up and cure more cancers?”

Malaysian-Dutch expedition unveils the mysteries of Mount Kinabalu

Malaysian-Dutch expedition unveils the mysteries of Mount Kinabalu

A personal account by Prof. Menno Schilthuizen In 2012, a large team of Malaysian and Dutch biodiversity experts collaborated in a joint expedition to the Crocker Range and Mount Kinabalu in Sabah. The expedition aimed to use DNA technology to resolve the question of whether […]

Event Report: The Conference on the Emerging Technologies That Matter: EmTech Singapore 2014

Event Report: The Conference on the Emerging Technologies That Matter: EmTech Singapore 2014

by Yong Wei Chong Gabriel Since 1999, the MIT Technology Review has celebrated the world’s best young innovators through its annual Innovators Under 35 (TR35) awards. In 2007, the TR35 honorees were presented at the Tech Review’s first conference on emerging technologies – simply known […]

Meet the Scientist: Dr. Lim Boo Liat

Meet the Scientist: Dr. Lim Boo Liat

This is a two-part interview where Dr. Lim walked us through his journey of becoming an established zoologist in Malaysia. In the first part of this interview, we get to know Dr. Lim’s humble beginning as a Lab Assistant at the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) post World World II (WWII) in 1947 to eventually being offered a Master of Science (MSc.) degree without having a formal Bachelor (BSc.) degree.

The Night Watch: Working the night shift at CERN

The Night Watch: Working the night shift at CERN

The ATLAS Control Room (ACR) resembles a starship bridge at a lower level of alertness, with some individuals attempting to write analysis code, one of my neighbours watching a movie and another making conversation over Skype. We’re also nervously eyeing the shift leader’s banjo case, wondering when the instrument might come out to play. Welcome to the ACR late night special.

A Step Towards a Future in Cancer Research

A Step Towards a Future in Cancer Research

An undergraduate internship experience by Lim Mei Chee. Having lost my grandfather and cousin to cancer, I have long vowed to myself that one day, I will help in the quest to find a cure or to improve the situation. As a Biomedical Sciences student, I was given the opportunity to learn more about how our body systems work.