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6 July – 12 July 2015

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Scientist who Faked HIV Vaccine Trial Data gets Jail Sentence

Former Iowa State University scientist Dong-Pyou Han, has been sentenced to jail for more than 4 years for faking HIV vaccine trial data. The guilty scientist had altered blood samples by contaminating it with rabbit blood to make it appear he had achieved a breakthrough toward a potential vaccine against HIV. He was sentenced on Wednesday to more than 4 ½ years in prison for making false statements in research reports. Dong-Pyou Han, must also pay $7.2 million to a federal government agency that funded the research. He entered a plea agreement in February admitting guilt to two counts of making false statements. (Click here to read more)

Don’t overlook unexpected results, says Nobel Laureate Dr. Shinya Yamanaka

Have you ever spent weeks slaving away at the lab bench only to end up with results contradicting your hypothesis? You may have just made a Nobel Prize winning discovery, according to an expert. At the World Conference of Science Journalists held at Seoul last month, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka spoke about his journey as a scientist and how important it is to have an eye for detail in order to be a successful researcher. (Click here to read more)

Detecting eye diseases using smartphones and painless nanodelivery of drugs to control blindness!

A software to detect eye diseases. We are on the brink of a revolution in the healthcare industry-with wearables and smartphones leading the way. While wearables believe in the maxim, ‘prevention is better than cure’ and help you monitor your metabolic stats to vital stats enabling you to make smart healthcare decisions; smartphones are being used to detect parasites in blood, for cheap testing of STDs and even help you handle your migraine problems! (Click here to read more)

Impacts of Ramadan fasting on human health 

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. Millions of Muslims pursue with an intermittent fasting from dawn to dusk abstaining from water, food, smoking and sexual activities. During Ramadan, which is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Muslims usually have a pre-sunrise meal called “Suhoor”, while they break their fasting with a meal called “Iftar” which means breakfast in the Arabic language. It is believed that “In order to be healthier, you should practice fasting” as stated by Prophet Muhammad. (Click here to read more)

Squid Beak Proteins Inspire scientists for Hip, Knee Implants

Hip and knee implants, made of polyethylene or plastic, need to be replaced approximately every 15 years due to wear and tear. Assistant Professor Ali Miserez and his research team from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore discovered that the protein structure of beaks of squids could be mimicked to create joint implants for humans. Squid beaks comprise of interlinked chitin fibres, similar to that in insects and crustaceans, as well as concentrated liquid protein solution that diffuses throughout these chitin fibres. The concentrated liquid protein diffuses all the way to the tip of the beak, hardens, and acts as a binder, analogous to superglue hardening when exposed to air. (Click here to read more)

North Korean scientist defects to Finland with evidence of experiments conducted on humans

This article is reproduced from Yonhap News Agency. The content may be modified in terms of length. The article contains no original content generated by biotechin.asia. A North Korean expert on biochemical weapons defected to Finland last month, carrying gigabytes of human experiment results with him, a source said Thursday. The 47-year-old researcher, identified only by his surname Lee, at a microbiology research center in Ganggye, Chagang Province, bordered by China to the north, fled to the European country on June 6 via the Philippines, said the source from a North Korean human rights group. (Click here to read more)