February 19, 2018

Week In STEM-1 Aug

Lab_13 Ghana Celebration

Lab_ 13, a space dedicated to practical experimentation and hands on learning, is aiming to change the way science is taught in schools, starting with the Bosomtwe District. Students and teachers will, on Saturday, celebrate the achievements of the pilot project run by Lab_13 Ghana, in the Bostomwe District of the Ashanti Region since March.

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HIV flushed out by cancer drug

HIV can be flushed out of its hiding places in the body using a cancer drug, researchers show. The cornerstone of treatment, anti-retroviral therapy, kills the virus in the bloodstream but leaves “HIV reservoirs” untouched. The study, published in PLoS Pathogens, showed the drug was “highly potent” at reactivating hidden HIV.

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Ebola Vaccine

A vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus has led to 100% protection and could transform the way Ebola is tackled, preliminary results suggest. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the findings, being published in the Lancet, could be a “game-changer”.

Experts said the results were “remarkable”.

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Mosquito Hunting Spiders In the Fight Against Malaria

Mosquito-eating spiders from East Africa and Malaysia could become a new weapon in fighting malaria, researchers have said.
A species of spiders found only around Lake Victoria in East Africa, calledEvarcha culicivora, is adapted to hunt female Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit malaria parasites.

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Non Genetic Cancers

For many years genetic aberrations have been thought of us the sole cause of cancer. However a study of ovarian cancer has found evidence suggesting that cancer can be caused solely by protein imbalances within cells.

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Vitamin D Could Help Fight HIV/AIDS

Researchers from South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States say that although vitamin D status could influence health outcomes, studies on how it could protect or worsen HIV are lacking.According to the study published on in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) last month (30 June), vitamin D supplementation may lessen HIV replication, increase white blood cells and reverse winter-associated anaemia.

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Financial Boost For STEM Education

With a US$25 million investment from the MasterCard Foundation, and inclusion in its global 21 scholars programme, AIMS will be able to finance 500 promising STEM students from across the African continent in pursuing master’s level education.

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