What causes the variation in susceptibility to COVID-19?

By Linya Thng Mortality and mortality rates are increasing drastically with age and current health conditions. Through attempts to explain the inconsistent variation in susceptibility of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), a new set of 68 genes (associated with high risk of developing severe COVID-19) reveal important insights. COVID-19, caused by the severely acute respiratory syndromeContinue reading “What causes the variation in susceptibility to COVID-19?”

An Introduction to HPV & how it contributes to Cancer

By Ching Nam Wong Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a DNA virus, from the Papillomaviridae family, and one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. Studies have shown that if you are a sexually active person, there is a 75% chance of you catching HPV at some stage of your life, given that you live toContinue reading “An Introduction to HPV & how it contributes to Cancer”

Food for thought: the gut-brain axis

By Wang Jia Hua The proverbial saying “You are what you eat” is one that we are all too familiar with, but it appears that nutrition is not the only dietary factor influencing our mental and physical health. Recent research strongly supports the role of microbial communities in our guts in shaping our brain function,Continue reading “Food for thought: the gut-brain axis”