It is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Asima Chatterjee, natural products chemist and the first woman to earn a PhD in science from an Indian university. The day is being celebrated by Google with a special Doodle. Chatterjee's area of interest was medicinal properties of plants native to...
There is a connection between response to Cancer immunotherapies and microbes living in a patient’s gut, show two separate research. The first research, by Jennifer Wargo of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and team found that patients with the most diverse gut microbes were most...
The occurrence of strains of malaria in south-east Asia that are untreatable with the newest and best drugs has alarmed experts. The outbreak of malaria with the strain in Cambodia, then Thailand, Laos and most recently Vietnam has made experts call on the World Health Organisation to declare a public...
Researchers have found a simple treatment by a new pill could completely end the neurological disease sleeping sickness . The results of the final clinical trials of an oral therapy, called fexinidazole, say that it cured the severe sleeping sickness in 91% of the cases, and early stages in 99%...
Magnetism and light have been combined in a test that can diagnose malaria in under two minutes without the need to take blood. The new test, which has yet to undergo clinical trials, won a prize for entrepreneurs hosted by Britain’s Prince Andrew last week (28 February). “What we’re trying to...
A group of Indian scientists have discovered a previously unknown supercluster of galaxies, about four billion light away from earth, and named it as Saraswati. The saraswati supercluster is estimated to have a mass of 2 x 1016 (twenty thousand trillion) suns and width of 650 million light years. It is...
Scientists have developed a test that allows detection of HIV using saliva even at the early stages of the infection. The test was developed by Stanford chemists in the US, collaborating with the Alameda County Public Health Laboratory in California, scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has...
By Zoraida Portillo (Perú) A joint initiative between NASA and the International Potato Centre (CIP), which is based in Peru, offers scientific evidence that it is possible to grow at least four types of potatoes on Mars. A scenario starring the root crop was portrayed in the movie “The Martian” (2015),...
A third of the parasite species in this world could be wiped out by climate change, creating huge impact on the ecosystem, a new study reveals. The researchers analysed the global distribution of 457 parasites, using different climate models and found that a third of the parasites would go extinct...
The disaster narrative is counterproductive. Shutterstock Tom van Laer, City, University of London and Ross Gordon, Macquarie University The latest UN Climate Change Conference since the 2015 Paris Agreement is taking place in Bonn between November 6-17 – and the world will be watching. The conference will be presided over by the...

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