Singapore digest news (05.06-10.06)

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Singapore develops technique to accelerate discovery of new immunotherapies

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) led by Assistant Professor Cheow Lih Feng from the Department of Biomedical Engineering under the NUS College of Design and Engineering, as well as the NUS Institute for Health Innovation & Technology, has invented a new technique called time-resolved assessment of single-cell protein secretion with sequencing (TRAPS-seq) to facilitate the studying of immune cell response at a single-cell level.

Cells interact with their surrounding environment by secreting proteins which act as messengers or signals for communicating with other cells. Capturing these elusive and minute secreted proteins, particularly those from our immune cells, and correlating them to the individual source cells can provide important insights into immune responses in patients with chronic diseases, such as cancer, autoimmune disorders, or infectious diseases, and accelerate the development of immunotherapies.


3 more ASEAN Para Games golds for Singapore, 2 more meet records for Toh Wei Soong

Team Singapore athletes enjoyed more success in Cambodia on Wednesday (Jun 7) as they took three titles to bring the country's tally of gold medals at the 2023 ASEAN Para Games to 10.

A total of 26 Team Singapore athletes are competing at this year's ASEAN Para Games in athletics, badminton, boccia, powerlifting, swimming and table tennis. Singapore is currently in seventh place in the medal table with 10 golds, 14 silvers and 11 bronzes.


Space-starved Singapore will end 180 years of horse racing to make way for housing

The final race at the Singapore Turf Club will be the 100th Grand Singapore Gold Cup on 5th October 2024. The site will be redeveloped to meet the country’s future needs for housing and potentially include venues for leisure and recreation.

It will be returned to government by 2027, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of National Development said in a joint statement Monday.

“Singapore is a city-state with limited land. The government continually reviews its land use plans to meet today’s needs while ensuring there is sufficient land for future generations,” the ministries said.


Singapore’s Climate Impact X launches global carbon spot trading exchange

Singapore-based carbon exchange Climate Impact X (CIX) on Thursday formally launched its global spot trading platform, CIX Exchange, which aims to boost the liquidity of carbon offset trading and set a benchmark price for nature-based carbon credits.

The exchange represents another step in the growth of Singapore’s carbon market and the nation’s aspirations to be a global carbon trading and financing hub, said CIX chief executive Mikkel Larsen.


Tech spending in Singapore to jump 4.6% in 2023 to $22.17b

Singaporean government and business spending on tech goods and services will likely increase by 4.6% in 2023 to $22.17b, data from Forrester showed.

In a report, Forrester said software will be the highest growth area in 2023, with an expected spend of $7.0b.

Communications equipment ($5.1b vs $5.0b) ), tech outsourcing and hardware maintenance ($3.6b vs $3.3b), and tech consulting and systems integration services ($3.3b vs $3.1b) will also see a spending increase in 2023.