The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) was formed in 2002 to promote science in Singapore. The A*STAR board is statutory and oversees A*STAR Graduate Academy, Joint Council Office, Biomedical Research Council, Science and Engineering Research Council, Exploit Technologies Private Limited, Corporate Planning and Administration Division. The objective is to promote scientific and technological discoveries, improvements and partner with private and public entities to achieve solutions for the betterment of Singapore and mankind.
Enzyme helps detect foreign DNA
The human immune system responds to DNA from pathogens by triggering the production of a defense molecule known as interferon. A research team led by A*STAR scientists has now pinpointed an enzyme integral to this process, ...
Standard purification process changes the structure of antibodies—and then changes them back
Monoclonal antibodies represent one of the most important segments of international biopharma, and how they are purified is a major factor in their success. Now, A*STAR researchers have revealed an unexpected physical structure ...
Breaking reactivity barriers
The scope and productivity of an essential palladium-catalyzed coupling reaction that generates complex molecules has been improved thanks to A*STAR research that uses low-reactivity materials.
A new compact structure enables efficient lasers to be realized on silicon chips
A compact 'on-silicon-chip' laser has been developed by A*STAR researchers that boasts both excellent confinement of light for lasing and the ability to efficiently share the laser light with nearby components.
Engineered structures that can alter the speed of light could benefit optical communication systems
A method for designing materials capable of slowing the propagation of light over a broad range of wavelengths has been developed by researchers at the A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing.
Singapore scientists discover rejuvenation factors
Scientists from A*STAR's Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) have discovered metabolic rejuvenation factors in eggs. This critical finding furthers our understanding of how cellular metabolism changes during aging, and during ...
Scientists discover molecular cell cycle clock that controls stem cell potency
Singapore scientists from A*STAR's Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) have, for the first time, found further evidence of how the differentiation of pluripotent cells is tied to and controlled by the cell cycle clock. This ...
Using carbon nanotubes to improve bio-oil refining
New catalyst structures based on multi-walled carbon nanotubes are set to make the refining of commodity chemicals and fuels from bio-oil more competitive.
Protein structure reveals how cells regulate their skeletons
Insight into the regulation of cell skeleton structure has come from a study conducted by A*STAR researchers. The work, which solved a protein structure that has eluded scientists for 20 years, should lead to further insights ...
A light-triggered cleanable, recyclable chip makes fabrication feasible for all
Throw away the detergent and forgo the elbow grease: pesky proteins can now be removed from surfaces by simply exposing them to light, thanks to a reusable titania template developed by A*STAR researchers.