Weekly Roundup: Biotechin.Asia

Weekly Highlights for June 13, 2016 – June 19, 2016

Highlights 13-20 JuneGene expression is affected not only by nucleotide sequence, but also by DNA folding

Dutch researchers from Leiden University have found that how our DNA is folded is a programed command present in our genes, and the command varies from life-form to life-form instead of following a generic standard. While traditionally we may think that genetic information is only present in the way that the DNA molecules G-A-T-C are combined, prevalent research shows that the way in which the molecules are bound into coils expose the outer molecules of the coil to express themselves while leaving the inner molecules as latent in expression. Click here to read more

Tectonic Shifts, not Meteorite behind the Dinosaurs Extinction, says new evidence

Dinosaurs extinction has been one of the world’s most dramatic mass extinctions. The cause of extinction, though attempted to be explained by many theories, has been a matter of debate with no clear consensus. One of the theories says that about 66 million years ago, a massive meteorite (event referred as Chicxulub catastrophe) slammed our planet into the Gulf of Mexico, which lead to cataclysmic climate changes thereby sweeping off all the dinosaurs at once that were flourishing well until then. Click here to read more…

Man-made climate change documents first casualty; extinct rat

Bramble Cay is so small; it’s not technically an island, but a cay, at 340m by 150m which is a 20-minute walk from end to end or about the size of three cricket grounds. It juts out three metres or less above the water between Queensland in Australia and Papua New Guinea. However, this island was the only habitat of an Australian rodent which has now been declared extinct due to human-caused climate change! Bramble Cay melomys, endemic to this island in the Great Barrier Reef in the eastern Torres Strait was first recorded by Europeans in 1845. They were seen in large numbers in 1978 as well. Click here to read more…

Heart Failure is Getting Younger in Singapore; and that’s not a good thing

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart is unable to pump sufficient blood into the circulating system to meet the body’s need. A study by the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) has revealed that Singaporeans suffer from heart failure at a much younger age (61 years of age) than the Western communities (70 years of age). Heart failure is primarily caused by cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes and coronary artery disease (high cholesterol). While cardiovascular disease is one of the leading cause of death in the world, Singaporeans are prone to these diseases due to the busy lifestyle with lack of exercise and poor diets. Click here to read more…

UCLA Researchers turn Carbon dioxide into Sustainable Concrete

The new building material could transform polluting emissions into a valuable resource Imagine a world with little or no concrete. Would that even be possible? After all, concrete is everywhere — on our roads, our driveways, in our homes, bridges and buildings. For the past 200 years, it’s been the very foundation of much of our planet. But the production of cement, which when mixed with water forms the binding agent in concrete, is also one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, about 5 percent of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions comes from concrete. Click here to read more…

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