The rise of antimicrobial resistance

From the time Alexander Fleming discovered the Penicillium mould which produced penicillin to kill bacteria in 1928, many more antibiotics have been commercially produced to fight off many bacterial infections. However, many of the microorganisms are now antimicrobial resistant (AMR). WHO defined AMR as "the microorganism's resistance to an antimicrobial drug that was once able … Continue reading The rise of antimicrobial resistance

The origins of left-handedness discovered

Ever since the human genome had been mapped, scientists have found it easier to study the functions of the human body. Recently, left-handedness has been found to be linked to genetic regions responsible for brain structure. This study, carried out by a team of researchers at the University of Oxford, revealed that there are four … Continue reading The origins of left-handedness discovered

Facebook – A blessing or a curse

Facebook is again facing allegation. This time, the co-founder Chris Hughes said that the CEO Mark Zuckerberg has acquired ‘unprecendented and un-American’ power. Hughes, together with politicians such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, has asked for the breakup of Facebook. The social media has caused a lot of scandal. It has been used by terrorists and … Continue reading Facebook – A blessing or a curse

Finding treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) was discovered and named after a German psychiatrist and pathologist, Alois Alzheimer in 1906. It is a neurodegenerative disease which causes memory loss, mood swings and lack of self-care to the extent that the patient can’t recognise anyone and loss of body functions leads to death. It is more common in the … Continue reading Finding treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

Microbes found in the International Space Station (ISS)

Microbes have been studied for a long time. They are said to be ubiquitous, meaning they can be found everywhere. We restricted this knowledge only in the Earth's environment. However in 2014, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov discovered bacteria from samples swabbed from the outside surfaces of ISS. There were no bacteria when the ISS was … Continue reading Microbes found in the International Space Station (ISS)