Natalie Heng

Recent and archived articles by Natalie Heng

19 Apr 2015 | 7:00 AM

Playing catch-up in the fight against monkey malaria

Cases have gone virtually undetected for an undetermined amount of time, meaning we know little about the parasite’s transmission dynamics.

It is likely that humans acquired P. knowlesi infections after venturing into forests where infected macaques were living. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
19 Apr 2015 | 7:00 AM

Monkey malaria in humans becoming more widespread

Malaysia finds itself first-in-line in the region to face this potential health challenge.

19 Apr 2015 | 7:00 AM

Is a malaria network the way forward?

Researcher moots information network that will link researchers, clinicians, institutions and agencies.

6 Apr 2015 | 7:00 AM

Virtual coastal adventures with Google

A marine conservation manager and Google team up to capture Peninsular Malaysia’s coastline.

COAST TO COAST: Ajai paddled 1,000km from Desaru in Johor Baru to Dataran Lang in Langkawi to capture the Malaysian coastline on a custom-made Google Tracker. – Natalie Heng
17 Mar 2015 | 7:00 AM

Jonathan Haidt: Man on a mission

The social scientist is researching Asian moral values and how we develop a ‘moral brain’.

Haidt is travelling in Asia doing research for his next book, which will delve into morality. Photo: RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star
17 Mar 2015 | 7:00 AM

Development vs moral values

As countries move from an agriculture-based economy towards industrialisation, they gravitate toward secularism.

A private residential complex (centre), stands among public housing buildings in the Toa Payoh district of Singapore in this file photo. Haidt has found that as countries move from an agriculture-based economy towards industrialisation, they gravitate toward secularism.
25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 AM

Forging ahead in stem cell research

Malaysia aims to keep up with the recent rapid global pace in the field.

Japan’s Shinya Yamanaka (left) and Britain’s John Gurdon won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2012 for their groundbreaking work on stem cells. — Filepic
18 Feb 2015 | 7:00 AM

Microbial ‘food factories’ a world first

South Korean firm based in Malaysian biotech park makes a breakthrough.

Feeding chickens at a poultry farm in Karachi, Pakistan. Photo: EPA
12 Feb 2015 | 7:00 AM

How biotech firm Bioven found fortune

The Cuban adventure that landed a Malaysian biotech firm in the big leagues.

Making headway: Bioven’s contract research partners include the Beatson Cancer Institute in Glasgow, Scotland, Pangea Biotech in Catalan, Spain and International Medical University (IMU) in Malaysia (pictured, research scientist Sylvia Gan at IMU). Photos: AZMAN GHANI/The Star