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Scientists in Singapore have done research on additional preventive measures against the COVID-19 virus. One of these studies examined how proper ventilation in spaces is effective in reducing droplet and aerosol transmission, on top of the current safe management measures. However, in indoor spaces where ventilation may not be optimal, air-purifying devices can help clean the air and reduce …

Image: (L-R) Assoc Prof Eric Yap from LKCMedicine, who is the Medical Director of the new lab, with co-founders of Pathnova Laboratories, Emeritus Professor Chan Soh Ha and Dr Ian Cheong.  NTU Singapore and Pathnova Laboratories, a medical diagnostic company backed by Temasek Life Sciences Accelerator and headquartered in Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, is contributing to Singapore’s …

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the University of the Ryukyus has recently identified and described a bizarre new genus and species of xanthid crab found on Okinawa Island, Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Named Mabui calculus, it is unique among the 7,800 species of known crabs in having strongly asymmetrical male and …

Cancer patients who are undergoing targeted therapy can look forward to a new blood test that could tell their doctors whether the treatment is working, within one day after the start of the treatment. This will significantly speed up the evaluation process and enable doctors to make adjustments to the treatment plan, if necessary, to …

The discovery and development of new small-molecule compounds for therapeutic use involves a huge investment of time, effort and resources. Giving a new spin to conventional chemical synthesis, a team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a way to automate the production of small molecules suitable for pharmaceutical use. The …

Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is the most common lethal gynaecological cancer. Ovarian cancer is usually treated with platinum-based chemotherapy; however, a significant number of patients are resistant to such treatments and relapse soon afterwards. To improve their survival, there is a need to first identify which patients may be platinum-resistant, so that newer treatments may …

An infection is traditionally thought to happen when microbes – bacteria, fungi, or viruses – enter and multiply in the body, and its severity is associated with how prevalent the microbes are in the body. Now, an international research team led by NTU Singapore has proposed a new holistic way of understanding infections. Their study …

A year has passed since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Singapore. Ensuring a strong testing capability continues to be one of the nation’s key strategies to contain the spread of the stealthy virus, as large-scale testing allows for the early detection and isolation of cases before they infect others. Within a year, …

A team of NUS scientists led by Dr Polly Leilei Chen from the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine has discovered a previously unknown mechanism of cancer formation, the understanding of which may lead to more effective treatment. Their findings concern a process called RNA editing. The DNA code of a …

A team of researchers from NUS has created a novel film that is very effective in evaporating sweat from our skin to keep us cool and comfortable when we exercise, and the moisture harvested from human sweat can be used to power wearable electronic devices such as watches, fitness trackers, and more. Sweating is a …