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In the Pursuit of Knowledge

Reading has the power to transform the way you think, the way you perceive the world around you, and even change your staunchest beliefs. You can lead another life in someone else’s shoes, fall in love with another culture in some obscure part of the world, or learn a new skill that sets you apart. The wonders of reading cannot be emphasized enough.

The four C’s of Content Writing

Four gates that your content must pass through to qualify as quality writing; and how you can achieve that with one simple trick!

Dexamethasone is not the miracle cure we think it is

Dexamethasone is indeed a breakthrough; but only for patients that are already critically ill, which comprise about 2% of all covid-19 cases. The real game-changer would be a drug that could stop the infection in its tracks and prevent it from reaching that state. That is the challenge right now.

Inbreeding depression – the genetic case against consanguinity

There is an isolated tribe in South Africa that lives a little north of Zimbabwe called the Doma People. These people are peculiar in that most of them have only two toes. So their feet are actually V-shaped like an ostrich and hence the name “ostrich people”. Ectrodactyly or congenital split hand/foot malformation (SHFM) is … Continue reading Inbreeding depression – the genetic case against consanguinity

Six Common misconceptions regarding COVID-19

Between skeptical conspiracy theories and Trump’s phenomenal medical advice, there are many myths and false claims that you may have come across. Despite easy access to a multitude of reliable sources for correct facts and figures, several misconceptions are widely circulating. This article attempts to address these so-called ‘stupid questions’. Novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is a … Continue reading Six Common misconceptions regarding COVID-19

Size really doesn’t matter

We all know that DNA is the code of life, it’s the brains behind the brawn, and it’s basically the information and control unit of life. As such you would think that being the most sophisticated and advanced form of life, us humans would have the largest most complex genome. Turns out, we are narcissistic … Continue reading Size really doesn’t matter

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Science News and Views

Creating highly pathogenic mutant viruses

In 2011, a furor arose over the research of two scientists – Ron Fouchier of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The cause for concern was understandable. They had developed strains of the infamous H5N1 avian influenza virus that were considerably more pathogenic than the prevalent … Continue reading Creating highly pathogenic mutant viruses

The Celltex Scandal

So do you want to hear the boring news version of this or the actual twisted one? Basically, there is this Stem Cell therapeutics company called Celltex Therapeutics. It was founded by David Eller and Stanley Jones and it has USA’s largest stem cell bank facility located near Houston since December 2011. Stem cells are … Continue reading The Celltex Scandal

In favor of the use of human genetic information

In September 1990, four-year-old Ashanti DeSilva presented with Severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome that made her vulnerable to even the mildest infections. A single genetic defect- like a typo in a novel- left DeSilva unable to produce an important enzyme. Without that enzyme, DeSilva was likely to die a premature death. Dr. French Anderson and his … Continue reading In favor of the use of human genetic information

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Sheema Ali

Sheema Ali

Medical Writer | Research Analyst | Scientific Communications Expert

London, UK

Alumna: COMSATS University, Islamabad | University of Leeds, UK | Fulbright Program, USA | Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK

Sheema is a medical writer with 10+ years experience in conducting secondary research and compiling tailored healthcare content.

Sheema specializes in bridging the gap between latest research findings and what they can mean for the general public. She believes that science, like health and education, should be universally accessible.

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