Weekly Roundup: Biotechin.Asia

Weekly Highlights for July 4, 2016 – July 10, 2016

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We know why bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, but how does this actually happen?

Antibiotic resistance has the potential to affect everyone. Most people would have heard about antibiotic resistance and studies show many are aware the cause of the current crisis is due to their overuse. But few know how and where the resistance occurs. A recent study revealed 88% of people think antibiotic resistance occurs when the human body becomes resistant to antibiotics. This isn’t entirely true. The resistance can happen inside our body as it is the host environment for the bacteria;but the important distinction is that the body’s immune system doesn’t change – it’s the bacteria in our bodies that change. Click here to read more…

Candida albicans could prevent dental caries

Dental caries is one of the most prevalent oral problems in humans, causing tooth decay and resulting in extensive dental plaque. Oral biofilms constituting of multiple bacterial and fungal species are the important contenders of dental plaque. Streptococcus mutans is one of the main species involved in caries. The bacterium is able to interact with other microbes like fungus Candida albicans and both are commonly isolated from patients with caries. A team of researchers from Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam have turned the table now and have discovered that C. albicans is not actually a contender of caries, instead it is a healer. Click here to read more…

mClinica – Connecting Healthcare Through Mobile Technology

mClinica is a diverse and fast-growing company with expertise in healthcare, technology, operations, and data science that is headquatered in Singapore. They provide data, analytics services and patient engagement tools to emerging Asian Markets like Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia. At mClinica they use mobile technology to connect pharmaceutical companies, physicians and pharmacies to make healthcare better for the patient. mClinica even received  ‘Harnessing Data for Resilience Recognition Award’ from USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) for their work in emerging markets. Click here to read more…

Female plants help offsprings survive stress via epigenetics

Plants are unique creations of nature. They are able to endure all the types of stress by staying just at one place. Scientists all over the world have been trying to understand the secret of their survival. Studies have revealed that plants use ‘priming’ or ‘acclimatization’ to build up resistance against stress of various kinds, be it biotic or abiotic. Epigenetic changes in the plant genome has been credited for this environment-induced stress memory, and it is known to be heritable. However, it is still not known how this stress memory is passed over generations, also known as ‘transgenerational stress memory’. Click here to read more…

Insights about Immune response to Dengue virus infection can help fight the disease

With the onset of the monsoon season earlier this month in most parts of India, the number of reported Dengue fever cases has gone up significantly. While stagnant water and augmented mosquito populations are obvious causes for this prevalent increase, what also plays a major role is the population’s lack of awareness about preventive and protective measures. In a country where official reports state that almost 20000 people are affected by this disease annually, this ignorance on the public’s part comes at a hefty price. Apart from the estimated US$ 1.11 billion economic burden it is expected to cause, lack of understanding about this mosquito borne disease is also rendering the public health system unprepared and inadequately equipped to deal with the large number of patients that are checking in with this disease everyday. Click here to read more…


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