7 Must-Read Stories In November 2015

Plant and fungal biology were among the popular topics in November, with stories on gene editing and the sequencing of the dandruff-causing Malassezia.

AsianScientist (Dec. 2, 2015) – Just in case you missed any of them, here are seven must-read stories published on Asian Scientist Magazine in November 2015.

  1. Asia’s Rising Scientists: Dr. Chan Yoke-Fun
    We learn about the many roles infectious disease expert Dr. Chan Yoke-Fun has to juggle in this month’s Asia’s Rising Scientists.

  2. Why The Tobacco Plant Gave Up Its Immune System
    A mutation in the Rdr1 gene has left Nicotiana benthamiana plants with a weakened immune system but also helped to ensure their survival in harsh climates.

  3. A Champion For Conservation
    Professor Chou Loke Ming has been a tireless crusader for protecting Singapore’s coral reefs and hopes that our waters will one day be clear again.

  4. Gene Editing Plants Without DNA
    Researchers have developed a method to edit the genome of plants without the introduction of foreign DNA, possibly circumventing objections to genetically modified organisms.

  5. Alcoholism Drug Flushes HIV Out Of Hiding
    A non-toxic drug currently used to treat alcoholism has been shown to activate dormant HIV in human patients.

  6. The Art And Science Of Parenting
    Are you an ‘arts’ or a ‘science’ person? Our columnist, Dora Yip, suggests that the divide between arts and sciences may not be so distinct.

  7. Sequencing The Genomes Of Dandruff & Eczema Microbes
    The complete genomes of all 14 Malassezia species could help scientists find new treatments for eczema, dandruff and even skin cancer.


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