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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Marthe Montcho is a Beninese Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin Republic, West Africa. She is also an African Academy of Sciences postdoctoral grantee supported by the Climate Research for Development (CR4D) programme. CR4D, strengthens links between climate science research and climate information needs to support development planning in Africa.
African countries struggle to find the coronavirus test kits they need
Why the rich must urgently help poor beat coronavirus
Origin of modern humans 'traced to Botswana'
This October issue of the AAS Big Picture showcases science in Africa tracing the origins of humankind, the fastest ants in the Sahara and exciting antimicrobial discoveries. It also highlights the importance of open access research as well as opportunities in both science journalism and biomedical research.
If you have content on science in Africa, funding opportunities or events feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 November 2019 for inclusion in the next issue of the monthly e-newsletter.
Ebola now curable after trials of drugs in DRC
In this September 2019 issue of The AAS Big Picture we showcase opportunities in both biomedical and social science research. We also highlight some amazing science in Africa on innovative solutions to health challenges. If you have content on funding opportunities, events or science in Africa feel free to email this to email@example.com for inclusion in this monthly e-newsletter.
Apply for FLAIR Fellowships
|The African Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society are accepting applications for the Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowships until 15 May 2019. FLAIR fellowships provide the opportunity to build an independent research career in a sub-Saharan African institution and to undertake cutting-edge scientific research that will address global challenges facing developing countries.|
What coronavirus genomes can tell us about the pandemic—and science—in Africa
(Courtesy: Science in Africa Magazine)
As the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 spreads across the world, it mutates, and scientists can track these mutations by sequencing viruses isolated from patients. These viral genomes can not only show how the virus moves through a population; it can also inform efforts to find a cure, for example by showing whether some mutations are more susceptible to certain treatments than others.
Africa’s scientists have had to pick testing over genome sequencing for a coronavirus vaccine
(Courtesy: Quartz Africa)
Pools of genome sequences of SARS-CoV-2 from all over the world are currently being scrutinized by scientists for insight into the Covid-19 disease. If a vaccine is eventually discovered—based on the sequences pooled so far—Africa may end up with the ‘Rotaviruses Vaccine Problem’.
Africa’s scientists learn from past epidemics to fight Covid-19
(Courtesy Financial Times)
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Few clinical trials are done in Africa: COVID-19 shows why this urgently needs to change
(Courtesy: The Conversation)
The World Health Organisation (WHO), in its quest to find efficacious therapies to treat COVID-19, plans to conduct a multi-arm, multi-country clinical trial. The trials have yet to begin, but ten countries have already signed up. Only one of them, South Africa, is on the African continent.
Taiwan, vaccines, Africa preparedness The EvidenceCoronavirus: The Evidence
(Courtesy: BBC UK)
The Evidence looks at what we know about the virus and the immune system, why does it cause mild or even no symptoms in some people but makes others very ill?