Only two northern white rhinos remain, and they're both female – here's how we could make more

By unlocking the full potential of rhino ovaries, we hope to produce enough eggs to revive the northern white rhino in the wild.

Suzannah Williams, Associate Professor in Ovarian Physiology, Lead for Ovarian Cryopreservation and Fertility Preservation Research, Lead of Rhino Fertility Project, University of Oxford • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: africa conservation extinction endangered-species ivf rhino northern-white-rhino white-rhino resurrection-ecology assisted-reproductive-technology

Strong government response needed in COVID battle

The international forum “Global Perspectives on COVID-19,” co-sponsored by Harvard Medical School, cited the importance of strong, coordinated government response as a key to stopping the novel coronavirus’ spread.

Clea Simon • harvard
Oct. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 harvard-medical-school clea-simon health-medicine paul-farmer massachusetts-consortium-on-pathogen-readiness global-perspectives-on-covid-19 centre-for-the-aids-programme-of-research-in-south-africa fabio-ciceri george-q-daly guangzhou-medical-university mark-elliott megan-murray professor-of-respiratory-medicine salim-abdool-karim san-raffaele-scientific-institute zhong-nanshan

More dengue fever and less malaria – mosquito control strategies may need to shift as Africa heats up

A warming climate may change the types of viruses that thrive. A new report suggests that the threat of malaria may be replaced by dengue, for which there is no treatment and no cure.

Jason Rasgon, Professor of Entomology and Disease Epidemiology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Sept. 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  health  medicine  global-health  malaria  viruses  mosquitoes  sub-saharan-africa  dengue  aedes-aegypti  genetically-modified-mosquitoes

Antiretroviral therapy fails to treat one-third of HIV patients in Malawi hospital

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) failure and drug resistance are extremely common in patients living with HIV who are admitted to hospital in Malawi, according to

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: africa hivaids drug-resistance

Malaria: new map shows which areas will be at risk because of global warming

We modelled surface water across Africa to show which parts of the continent are climatically-suitable for malaria – and how this will change.

Chris Thomas, Global Professor in Water & Planetary Health, University of Lincoln • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: public-health climate-change malaria malaria-control malaria-in-africa hydrological-cycle

Chimpanzees once helped African rainforests recover from a major collapse

But with chimps now endangered, we risk losing their forest-rebuilding abilities.

Alex Chepstow-Lusty, Associate Researcher, Quaternary Palaeoenvironments Group, University of Cambridge • conversation
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: chimpanzees rainforests tropical-forests seed-dispersal wild-chimpanzees africa-rainforest congo-basin

Phone-based HIV support system repurposed for COVID-19 monitoring in Uganda

A cost-effective phone-based system developed by a Cambridge researcher and her Ugandan colleagues to support HIV patients has been rapidly adapted by the team

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: africa infectious-diseases public-health covid-19 pandemic uganda cambridge-africa-programme global-challenges

Dusty air ups infant mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa

A new study in Sub-Saharan African shows that increases in dust air pollution boosts infant mortality. Climate change could make things even worse, too.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
July 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change pollution emissions childrens-health babies featured health-and-medicine sub-saharan-africa dust

Remdesivir can save more COVID patients where hospitals are maxed out

With news that the US bought almost the entire global supply of remdesivir, new research shows the drug saves more lives in places with overwhelmed ICUs.

Michelle Samuels-Boston U. • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 death intensive-care hospitals united-states south-africa featured health-and-medicine medications emergency-medicine

Researchers investigate a plague of locusts in East Africa

Researcher looks to sequence the pest’s genome as part of push to find a safer alternative to dangerous pesticides

Juan Siliezar • harvard
June 30, 2020 ~14 min

Tags: science-technology kenya locusts dino-martins east-africa locust-plague locusts-plague swarms

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