The Protein Structure Series: Post – VII

The final post in this series has been published as a screen cast on YouTube. The final code used in the video is Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that the research question was phrased in this way to make it easy to understand and develop code to answer it. In the end of the video… Read More »

Update: IDRACK is now also on YouTube

IDRACK has now officially started a YouTube channel. The first video posted on the channel summarised the first six posts in the protein structure series. The medium change was felt necessary so that the audience could better understand step-by-step processes that are usually undertaken in teaching demonstrations. The following posts in the protein structure series… Read More »

The Protein Structure Series: Post – VI

In this series so far, we have looked at protein structure data and introduced a bit of python code to analyse it. The code below loads a protein structure and allows the user the extract the protein’s amino acid sequence. In this post we will try to extract more information from the sequence we have… Read More »

The Protein Structure Series: Post – V

From last time In the last post, we moved from explaining the theory of proteins, especially their 3D structures to actually handling the structures with python in the jupyter notebook. If you are new here please have a look at the preceding posts to catch up. In this post, I will assume you have looked… Read More »

Vaccines: The Hidden Cure

Vaccines are unquestionably a powerful and cost effective prevention measure that helps prevent disease. Millions of lives are saved through vaccination each year. However, last year almost ~20 million children were not vaccinated worldwide due to either a combination of conflict, lack of access or complacency, just for measles[1]. Pakistani population is currently bearing a… Read More »

Report on the Impact of September 2019 Outreach by IDRACK

Compiled by: Maria Shah Edited by:  Tehreem Jamil IDRACK is a non-profit initiative, specializing in scientific computing and research methods in natural sciences and healthcare. It focuses on improving the state of research in Pakistan, through a comprehensive  three-tiered approach including exposure, training and research. Research scholars in Pakistan do not have sufficient opportunities where… Read More »

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate

Background: It is hard to imagine that we are still debating this 233 years after the successful development of the first vaccine, in 1796, by Edward Jenner. To a Pakistani this may seem like a debate in the west but locally people are increasingly refusing to vaccinate their children on various grounds. This also made… Read More »

Smoking and Radiation: The danger no one ever brings up

Smoking is dangerous and other things “Smoking is dangerous”, “Smoking can be injurious to your health”, “Tobacco smoke can harm your children”, “Cigarettes are addictive”, “Smoking kills”, “Smoking can cause blindness”, “Smoking can cause a slow and painful death”, “Smoking can cause mouth cancer”, “Smoking can lead to infertility” are just some of the warnings listed… Read More »

Scales in the Universe

Most humans think that they are the centre of the Universe. While in one way, the way they want to believe it, may not be true, they may be right in another way. Let’s dig further and explore if this is really true. We start by introducing the definition of a “metre”, a unit of… Read More »

The Protein Structure Series: Post – IV

Recap: Just to refresh for myself and all of you, what we have been looking at so far in the Protein Structure Series is understanding protein structures. While many text books already cover a lot of the basic stuff, these posts are especially structured for aspiring researchers who want to start working with protein structures… Read More »