CT Scan comparison of COVID-19 versus Influenza virus pneumonia

CT Scan comparison of COVID-19 versus Influenza virus pneumonia   COVID-19, an infectious respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus has changed the overall face of science and the medical world. Ever since the spread of coronavirus in 2019, questions have been arising about the symptoms that differentiate COVID-19 from flu or other diseases that […]

Can our gut microbiome have an effect on our immune system?

Can our gut microbiome have an effect on our immune system? Source:¬†https://www.microbiota-site.com/news-on-microbiota/854-gut-microbiome-directs-the-immune-system-to-fight-cancer.html     What is the gut microbiome? The microbiome is a collective term for the microorganisms that reside and colonize in certain body parts such as the gut, skin, and mucosal environments. The microbiome comprises mainly of the microbes belonging to several bacteria, […]

Is Urbanization endangering birds?

Is Urbanization endangering birds? Urbanization brings with it a significant transformation of the green areas into impervious polluted surfaces due to the constant activities of humankind. The natural green habitats of birds are transformed into anthropogenic structures. As a result, for the bird communities to survive in this new habitat, they have to adapt to […]

Why the Sickle Cell Disease Provides Resistance Against Malaria

Why the Sickle Cell Disease Provides Resistance Against Malaria In this section, the reason why having one mutated copy of the sickle-cell gene confers resistance against malaria (specifically, malaria caused by P. falciparum) will be explored. To begin, the typical way that the malaria pathogen affects cells will be discussed. In healthy red cells, clusters […]

Proteins serve as a link between genes and diseases

Proteins serve as a link between genes and diseases   Scientists have now found that many diseases have a genetic origin. e.g. Thalassemia, Sickle cell anemia. The human genome is a complete set of instructions for generating a human being and scientists have proven that a nuclear human genome encodes around 20000 protein-coding genes. Most […]

Can CRISPR improve rice, other crops?

Can CRISPR improve rice, other crops?   With global climate change inching closer to crisis every year, researchers are working round the clock to leverage latest scientific strategies to improve stress tolerance in staple crops such as rice, to survive in harsh environments. CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) is one such research advance […]