Author Archives: IDRACK

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 »

The Protein Structure Series

Having not added content for a while I think its the right time to start putting together a series of articles centered around my area of expertise, namely Protein Structures. In this series of articles I will aim to cover some basic essentials about: Protein Structures. What are they? Why do we need structures? How… Read More »