Advances in facial recognition technology may have useful applications in healthcare.
Key to diagnosing foetal alcohol syndrome is an assessment of certain facial features. A 3D facial scan is expensive but 2D images may offer a solution.
Professor Barry Dwolatzky was passionate about innovation in all that he did.
Many speak fondly of how Barry Dwolatzky took them into a derelict disco and enthusiastically explained the tech co-working space he envisioned there.
Afrigen, a biotechnology company based in Cape Town, South Africa was recently visited by WHO DG Dr Tedros.
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Africa has come a long way, in the post-COVID era, in boosting the morale around local production investments among local and foreign companies. But more is needed.
Our understanding of Parkinson’s disease is far from complete. But researchers now believe that in most cases, Parkinson’s is caused by a complex interaction between genetic and environmental factors.
Nigeria’s new president must prioritise capacity retention of the country’s scientists.
Here’s what Nigeria’s new president should do to elevate science in the country.
Some African countries are already doing well in open research.
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Africa has been slow in embracing Open Science.
Farmer preparing bean bags at a market in northern Nigeria.
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The impact of climate change on the spread of crop pests is established. Biological control methods show some promise but the pace of climate change means scientists are in a race against time.
The first malaria vaccine, Mosquirix, was approved by the WHO in 2021.
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For a malaria vaccine to have an impact, health promotion is key. Awareness campaigns must address safety concerns and emphasise expected positive impacts.
Financial support for science and research in Nigeria remains pathetic. This has led to the deterioration in the quantity and quality of trained virologists at universities.
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African countries need to be more deliberate in developing space capabilities.
New remedies are needed as rates of multi-drug resistant TB rise.
As antibiotics lose their power to treat some forms of TB, interest in the antibacterial powers of curdlan is rising.
Plastic waste in Kampala, Uganda.
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It’s important to look at the whole value chain in the plastics economy, starting with design of products that can be reused and recycled.
Nigeria provides an excellent lens to look at the genetic diversity of African people.
A new study hopes to produce a catalogue of human genetic variation and assess the burden of noncommunicable diseases in 100,000 adults in Nigeria.
A factor holding back African research is the lack of strong collaborative networks between African laboratories and institutions.
Drug discovery research in Africa receives modest but essential international funding through philanthropic foundations and selected pharmaceutical companies.
Molecular research like that conducted at the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in Nigeria is key to medical breakthroughs.
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Molecular research is expensive, but worth it because of the burden of disease that it could relieve.
Before the COVID pandemic, efforts to address the challenge of limited vaccine production on the continent yielded little success.
Mobile health interventions offer convenience, confidentiality, and privacy.
Mobile health or mHealth is an appealing way to reach adolescents because it offers opportunities to deliver and monitor health interventions at a much lower cost.
Nigeria’s nanotechnology journey has been slow.
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As a major contributor of knowledge, Nigeria could make giant strides in nanotechnology – which in turn could help various industries blossom.
The red mangrove is among the species already selected for genome sequencing.
The African BioGenome Project is a pan-African project that seeks to sequence Africa’s endemic and indigenous plants and animals.
There remains a crucial need for animal models to understand health and disease and to develop medicines.