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Updates on COVID-19 treatments progress by the Biopharma Industry

Seven months into the pandemic, the innovative biopharmaceutical industry continues to step up work on researching and testing therapeutics that could lower mortality rates or lessen the severity of COVID-19. Over recent months, the results of rigorous clinical trials of repurposed medicines to achieve quick wins have been mixed, while the pipeline for new treatments

Nigeria cassava farmers get post-emergence herbicides

Scientists working with the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) have identified some postemergence herbicides that farmers can use during the growing period of cassava to tackle weeds. These postemergence herbicides, though not exclusive to cassava, have been adapted in the framework of the Six Steps to Cassava

IITA, EAGC to produce aflatoxin-free grains for health and trade

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) Tuesday signed an agreement to work together to tackle aflatoxin contamination of grains in the region to help ensure that they are safe for human and livestock consumption and meet export standards. Aflatoxin is a highly poisonous chemical produced by a

Researchers resume White Rhino egg harvesting amidst COVID-19 pandemic

By Joseph Abuje Northern white rhino rescue programme resumes work with the successful egg harvest after a few months’ hiatus due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. So far, 10 eggs have harvested from the last remaining two individuals, Najin and Fatu, in the third-ever ovum pick up procedure in northern white rhinos at Ol Pejeta

Busia moves to tackle water problems 

By Checky Abuje The county government of Busia through the department of water, environment and natural resources has put in measures to access clean, safe water for the residents during this time of Covid-19 when water is one of the essentials in taming the spread of the virus. Through the provision of a hybrid water

The new business debate: cloud vs security

By Francis Wainaina    The 2020 has been a year that will forever mark a dramatic spike in global corporate cloud adoption. Connecting employees to the Cloud has been necessary to support and enable a remote working environment. According to a survey by Snow Software, 82% of IT leaders have increased their cloud usage this

FIND, CROWN Agents to improve testing for elimination of visceral leishmaniasis in Kenya

The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) and Crown Agents announced today a new partnership to strengthen visceral leishmaniasis (VL) testing and address current VL outbreaks in Kenya, as part of ASCEND, a UK government initiative to defeat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). ASCEND (Accelerating the Sustainable Control and Elimination of NTDs) is designed to advance

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