One of the methods researchers are exploring to combat COVID-19 is gene editing: altering the genome of the virus to make it harmless.
There has been a rapid redirection of resources towards COVID-19-related research. In the long term, this resource reallocation is likely to result in budget cuts in all research areas.
Mobile technology has great potential to improve healthcare in Nigeria but government must provide regulatory framework.
A crisis like COVID-19 demands that professional barriers be broken.
Findings that are effectively communicated can go a long way to serve the interests of the public. They can help to address social injustices or improve treatments offered to patients.
While there are various good reasons for doing research and funding research, the chief reason is that research provides essential insurance against catastrophic events.
Africa is better prepared now to perform research in emerging infections than during the Ebola epidemics in West Africa.
Empatheatre's latest production is more than a play about three characters who live near the sea. It's a model for collective consultation on how to save the ocean.
Crowdsourcing is a promising approach to biomedical research and development (R&D) and could produce solutions to pandemics like this one.
How are tests developed for a specific virus and how does a country get the test kits it needs?
Models can predict the risk and spread of diseases and establish the time and place to implement optimal prevention and control mechanisms.
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.