The molecular based tests used to detect SARS-CoV-2 are very specific but can take two to three days to process and produce a result.
The immediate need to “track and trace” infections for public health purposes poses an unprecedented challenge to privacy.
Scientists need greater understanding of the bacterium's basic biology, as well as more about how it is spread from one individual to the next.
Women must be included at decision making levels to advise on development, designing, delivery and implementation of tools that target health issues that affect them especially malaria.
Scientists need to close the knowledge gap around COVID-19 and the virus that causes it.
Jokes and satire can build resilience but also spread misinformation as people don't always know what is trustworthy and what is just funny.
Several questions about the origin of the outbreak remain with no clear data on what this was or if it was an animal source.
The biggest lesson has been that controlling a disease outbreak like Ebola is impossible without community trust and engagement.
In some communities, over a quarter of the children were misclassified as iron replete whereas they were iron deficient.
Policies need to address human develop challenges, if people are to be equitably brought on line.
South Africa should not uncritically embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The key to ending the HIV epidemic is a vaccine that will provide long-lasting protection and alleviate the need for prevention methods.
Acoustic monitoring is ideal for tracking the abundance of a species over time, because it has minimal impact on the species being monitored.
Dentists need to have a sound understanding of genetics to treat and manage patients effectively.
The discovery of a new strain of HIV gives scientists a better understanding of the virus.
Nigeria has to plug the gaps at points of entry to keep infectious diseases at bay.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says it will use lessons from the Ebola outbreak to strengthen its risk communications capacity.
Nigeria recently approved the world's first GM cowpea, which provides full protection against the pod-borer Maruca, a major problem for this important crop.
The debate about gene editing will help shape the future of the human race. But how should the discussion get started?
There is a need to move from conventional cancer treatments to more targeted and personalised therapies.