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Clinical trials: how to make informed consent more ethical

It has been illegal to treat humans like guinea pigs since the Nuremberg trials, in which Nazi doctors were punished for doing unspeakable things to prisoners...

By Jeremy Howick 2 days ago

The search for an effective HIV vaccine continues

An HIV vaccine trial that started in 2016 in South Africa was halted in February 2020. The study sponsors made the call after interim results showed that the vaccine, known as HVTN 702, did not prevent HIV...

14 Feb 2020

The story of the pharma giant and the African yam

It was a drug produced in Nottingham in the United Kingdom that led us on a journey to South Africa to visit muthi markets, archives, herbariums and nature reserves...

By William Beinart 10 Feb 2020

Genetic secrets of almost 2,700 cancers unveiled by landmark international project

Scientists have revealed the detailed genetic makeup of thousands of cancer samples, yielding new insights into the genes that drive the many and varied forms of the disease...

By Melissa Southey 6 Feb 2020

What needs to happen for better cancer prevention and control in Kenya

Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe are leading in new cancer cases in Africa. In 2018 Kenya was reported to have 47,887 new cancer cases (130 cases daily) and 32,987 deaths (90 daily)...

By Gershim Asiki 3 Feb 2020

New study sheds light on genetics of schizophrenia in South Africa

Schizophrenia affects approximately 1% of people in all parts of the world and is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide...

3 Feb 2020

'Ageotypes' provide window into how individuals age

How humans age can be categorised into different classes dubbed "ageotypes," reports a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine...

By Hanae Armitage 31 Jan 2020

Identifying aquatic plants with drones could be the key to reducing a parasitic infection in people

For the majority of people on Earth, parasites are a fact of life. These organisms live inside the human body, causing debilitating or fatal diseases. Among the parasitic diseases, one of the very worst is schistosomiasis...

By Chelsea L Wood 22 Jan 2020

Antibiotic resistance: scientists are reengineering viruses to cure bacterial infections

The world is in the midst of a crisis. Antibiotic resistance has been found in numerous common bacterial infections, including tuberculosis, gonorrhoea and salmonellosis, making them difficult - if not impossible - to treat...

By Manal Mohammed & Andrew Millard 21 Jan 2020

Why many children with autism have oral health problems

The World Health Organisation estimates that one in 160 children around the world has an autism spectrum disorder...

By Magandhree Naidoo 20 Jan 2020

Cancer treatment: study finds targeting nearby 'normal' cells could improve survival rates

Cancer of the immune system, called lymphoma or leukaemia, generally affects the entire body's bone marrow and lymph nodes. Because these types of cancers are so widespread, surgery isn't useful, so patients are usually treated with chemotherapy...

By Ingo Ringshausen 17 Jan 2020

Human gene editing: who decides the rules?

Gene editing technology allows scientists to make changes to an organism's DNA. It has made it possible to create cattle without horns, tomatoes that ripen slowly over time, and even mosquitoes that are incapable of transmitting malaria...

By Sheetal Soni 16 Jan 2020

Antibody technologies take a step closer to precision medicine

The search for better cancer treatments continues, as current options often cause severe side effects. Less than 5% of experimental anticancer drugs are approved for use in humans, but scientists are bringing new technologies to the quest...

By Krupa Naran, Dharanidharan Ramamurthy, Neelakshi Mungra & Stefan Barth 14 Jan 2020

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