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79 pct of BeST 2.0 apprentices secure permanent jobs

KUANTAN: Fifty out of 63 graduates or 79 per cent who participated in the Bio-Agrotech and Bio-Pharmaceutical Career and Entrepreneurship (BeST 2.0) apprenticeship programme run by the Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation (Bioeconomy Corporation) managed to secure permanent jobs in the fields of modern agriculture and bio-pharmaceuticals.

Pekerja Malaysia utamakan keseimbangan kerja, kehidupan

KUALA LUMPUR: Kira-kira 88 peratus pekerja di Malaysia menyifatkan pandemik menjadi pendorong untuk meningkatkan keseimbangan antara tuntutan kerja dan kehidupan, demikian mengikut hasil kaji selidik terkini Randstad.

MGRC dapat kontrak pengawasan virus COVID-19

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Bhd (MGRC) mendapat kontrak pengawasan COVID-19 daripada Institut Penyelidikan Perubatan (IMR), unit penyelidikan bioperubatan Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM).

Sarawak, Federal govt’s to set up special committee to strengthen food security

KUCHING, April 1 (Bernama) — A special committee will be set up involving the Federal and Sarawak governments to cooperate on further strengthening the country’s food security. Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the establishment of the special committee comes following his discussions with Sarawak Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development […]

World Bank estimates Malaysia’s economy to grow 5.5% in 2022

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s economy is expected grow 5.5 per cent this year, driven by recovery in domestic demand and expansion in exports, according to a World Bank report. It said the external sector will continue to lend its support, especially that of electrical and electronics (E&E) goods and medical rubber gloves.

Catalysing Digital Transformation through Public-Private Partnerships: From a Civil Servant’s Perspective

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi. This quote best explains how noble the civil service is, to sacrifice our life for the benefit of the people. You can find the essential purpose of human beings – ability, sympathy, empathy, connection and solidarity, by […]

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How Biotech Can Prepare for the Next Health Crisis

It’s fair to say that the entire world has become more fluent in the language of biology in the last few years. In 2019, to most people, a pandemic was merely a science fiction story, a movie thriller, or something they learned about in history class. Now, anyone can knowledgeably discuss personal protective equipment (PPE), […]

Omicron lasts three days less than Delta for boosted: study

People who are vaccinated and have had a booster shot against COVID-19 recover from symptoms from the Omicron variant more than three days earlier than those with the Delta variant, a study said Friday.

Prudential, AstraZeneca, Pantai Premier Pathology to provide cancer patients acccess to genomic tests

PETALING JAYA, April 4 (Bernama) — Prudential Malaysia, AstraZeneca and Pantai Premier Pathology are collaborating to provide cancer patients access to genomic testing for a more accurate diagnosis of their cancer based on its genetic profile.

Vaccine and Drug Development Could Be Faster, Cheaper With DNA Nanotechnology

High-throughput (HTP) combinatorial methodologies—which include microarrays, lab-on-a-chip systems, microfluidics, parallel pipetting, or robotic-assisted methodologies—are essential to accelerate synthetic biochemical technologies and discovery platforms. They can greatly minimize human input, and offer automated parallelized screening of small molecules. That said, they are often reliant on large-scale analyses which makes them limited by long running time and […]

10 ways COVID-19 rocked biotech—plus an honorable mention for omicron

COVID-19 is shifting to an endemic disease, and life is getting back to whatever this new normal will be. But for biotech, the pandemic made for Earth-shattering disruptions that will have a long-lasting impact on drug development timelines—and bottom lines.

WHO Recommends Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Booster Shot

The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its Emergency Use Listing (EUL), which now includes a recommendation for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine booster in adults 18 years and older. The updated EUL allows people who have had a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to get a booster from the same […]


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Removing carbon from air vital to reach climate goals, IPCC says

OSLO, April 4 — Extracting carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by planting forests and developing controversial high-tech industries will be essential to meet global goals to curb climate change, a UN report said today.

New AI technique could lead to innovations in biomaterials

Innovation often leads to new products, but new methods can be just as groundbreaking. It was the chance to help develop those methods that drew chemical engineering doctoral student Soumil Joshi from his native Mumbai, India, to Virginia Tech in 2019.

Biobased Mattel toys, lion burgers & tiger tacos, biobased textiles at the Academy Awards, DOE & Bridgestone guayule rubber, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of April 7th

The bioeconomy is up and roaring with lion burgers and tiger tacos, but don’t worry, no animals are actually killed for the exotic meat. It’s Primeval Foods lab-grown, cultivated exotic meats that people would otherwise not get to consume. And if that’s not fun enough for you, check out Mattel’s new biobased, carbon neutral toys […]

Novel technique converts plastic waste into clean hydrogen fuel

Unlike polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles which are recycled without difficulty, plastic waste comprising litter such as contaminated food packaging, styrofoam and plastic bags, poses recycling challenges. Unfortunately, this means that this waste is currently burned or buried in landfills, resulting in water, air, and ground pollution.

UN: Food, farming and forestry must be transformed to mitigate climate change

Protecting forests, changing diets, and altering farming methods could contribute around a quarter of the greenhouse gas cuts needed to avert the worst impacts of climate change, according to the United Nations’ climate panel. But the changes are unlikely to happen unless governments act to spur them along, the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on […]

New project aims to turn diapers into biochar

Tonnes of non-degradable waste is screened – filtered out – at wastewater treatment facilities each year and brought to landfills. Edinburgh-based start-up Carbogenics is looking for a more sustainable way to deal with those screenings – diapers, wet wipes and sanitary products.


MAFI targets 80,000 hectares under grain corn cultivation by 2033

JASIN: The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) is targeting about 80,000 hectares nationwide to be cultivated with grain corn by 2033 to meet the growing domestic demand, thus reducing import dependence.

Crop scientists must seize upon every new technology to future-proof food systems

Farming may be among the oldest professions in the world; but if it is to have any future, it will increasingly need to rely on new technological breakthroughs to cope with the existential threat of climate change.

Banana Peel Cuisine Is The Latest Plant Based Trend

Bananas are the second most common tropical fruit consumed globally, with approximately 119.83 million tons produced worldwide, comprising 16% of world fruit production. But with a lot of consumption comes a lot of waste. Most of the waste produced from banana consumption comes from the peel, which makes up 30% to 40% of the weight, […]

Tech boost for Malaysia’s agarwood industry

IN LINE WITH the growing digitalisation trend driving Agriculture 4.0, Malaysia’s leading Agarwood plantation company, DAdvance Agarwood Solutions Sdn Bhd (DAAS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently with Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) to implement cloud-based digital solutions within the Agarwood sub-industry.

Seaweed aquaculture – panacea or hype?

Barely a day goes by without one media outlet or another waxing lyrical over the numerous benefits of seaweeds, and how they are going to save the planet. Some of it may be hype, but there is also much to be said for this sector, which is newly emerging in the Western world.

Strategic alliance to target European aquaculture feed

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, US — Benson Hill, a US-based food tech company, and Denofa, a Scandanavia-based protein producer, on April 4 announced a plan to form a strategic alliance to introduce sustainable soy protein ingredients into the Northern European aquaculture feed market.


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