COVID-19: Where science meets the headlines

Science Media Centre (SMC) Malaysia is an independent information resource centre aimed at promoting accurate and evidence-based reporting especially on complex or controversial science issues in the media.

As COVID-19 takes centre stage, we help you to better understand the pandemic by bringing you the latest research and expert reactions on the novel coronavirus.

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[RESEARCH INSIDER] Unlocking the Secrets of Regeneration

Did you know that planarian flatworms can regenerate missing tissues after an injury? How do they know which type of tissue to regenerate? Interestingly, scientists have discovered that the genes that planarians use to regenerate are also found in humans. Research Insider this week gets up close with Jia Zheng Woo, a research assistant in Whitehead Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S. to find out more about planarian flatworms and to unlock the “secrets” of regeneration.

[RESEARCH INSIDER] The Cell as City – Brick Roads and Buildings

Every cell in our bodies contains a “railway network”, a system of “train tracks” called microtubules that run between important destinations inside the cell and allow cargo to be carried from one place to another by motor proteins. Research Insider this week gets up close with Shu Yao Leong who is in her first year pursuing a PhD in Cellular Nanoscience at the University of Tübingen to find out more about her research in microtubule and intracellular dynamics at the nanocellular level.

[RESEARCH] Intermittent Fasting and Fatty Liver

Intermittent fasting or IF is very much the latest and the most popular health trend worldwide including Malaysia. IF is low calorie period lasting less than 24 hours followed by a normal feeding period, and IF may achieve a more consistent weight loss probably because of better adherence than intense caloric restriction. However, what is the impact of IF to our fatty liver?

[Q&A] COVID-19: What is a Super Spreader?

The latest Sivagangga cluster from Kedah was suspected of being caused by a super spreader strain of the COVID-19 virus that originated from Egypt and Pakistan. Health authorities believed there is a high probability that the cluster is a super spreader because of its higher transmission rate compared to previous COVID-19 clusters. We spoke to Associate Prof. Dr Chan Yoke Fun, Virologist & Senior Lecturer at the Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya to learn more.

Testimonials

The need and importance of effective science communication is clearly highlighted in this COVID-19 pandemic. Communicating science between scientists and the general public, policy makers and other stakeholders is an essential element of outbreak management plan. The public and policy makers must be able to understand the basics of science before they can make informed decisions. But scientists need a platform to share their knowledge, research data and information to the public and policy makers. And the Science Media Centre Malaysia provides a great platform for scientists to reach out.

Photo of Dr Chai Lay Ching, Chairperson Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia

Dr Chai Lay Ching, Chairperson Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia

In a fast-paced newsroom, journalists are always busy and rushing to meet deadlines. With the COVID-19 coverage, we are constantly seeking out information and expert insights to accurately explain about the global pandemic particularly on the aspects of infection and treatment. COVID-19 requires a greater understanding of science and the Science Media Centre Malaysia is a good place for journalists to source for experts’ quotes and we also get story ideas by reading about the latest scientific research.

Photo of Thasha Jayamanogaran, Chief-Reporter, Malay Mail

Thasha Jayamanogaran, Chief-Reporter, Malay Mail