Tessa R. Salazar

UP-developed dengue kit

UP genome center makes breakthrough in fight vs dengue

Just as dengue cases in the Philippines have reached epidemic proportions–with the number of cases increasing 92% from 2018 figures with over 400,000 sufferers reported as of November 2019–the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) of the National Science Complex in the University of the Philippines Diliman Campus has come up with a diagnostic kit that can …

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4 alternative sites to hold the Philippine Independence Day celebrations

Looking at the world map, the Philippines sure doesn’t look much geographically. It looks tiny compared to the giants such as China, the United States, Brazil, or even to its neighboring fellow archipelago down south, Indonesia. But when you get down to the ground and drive the Philippine road network from Luzon to Visayas to Mindanao, then …

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Double Helix

An open letter to those who believe their health destinies have been genetically set

“Genes load the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger,” was what I remember most from a November 2007 interview with a naturopathic doctor. It wasn’t the first time I heard of this, but hearing it from someone who has been studying centenarians in one of the world’s “Blue Zones” really validated the line. This doctor from …

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Shishir wielding arnis

My vegetarian arnis teacher was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle from Hollywood

Reed-thin Allan “Shishir” Inocalla gently laid his two arnis sticks down on the ground, stood upright, closed his eyes, and then backflipped. Then he flipped his wallet out of his back pocket, and showed me his senior citizen card. Allan, or “Shishir” (he prefers to be called the latter), is all of 60 summers. But he could still pass for a 40-year-old, both …

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