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Panama’s sloths harbour potential drugs

Rio De Janeiro – Sloths may be slow, apparently boring animals, but their hair is fast becoming an intriguing avenue for scientists seeking new drugs, including antibiotics and cancer-fighting compounds.

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Special yoghurt with bacteria to curb toxins wins award

Nairobi – A project aiming to use special yoghurts that have ‘friendly bacteria’ to reduce amounts of toxins in food is one of 83 innovations announced last month (21 November) to receive 100,000 Canadian dollars (around US$93,500) from Grand Challenges Canada.

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Africa: scientists discover antibody for HIV

Researchers have discovered a protein that can protect against a wide range of HIV, and said they may now be able to finally design a vaccine against the fatal and incurable virus.

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