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Published 29.06.2020 09:01
Scientists from Stanford University develop a gene-editing tool that can destroy Covid-19 inside human cells.
The Stanford team partnered up with researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to develop a technique called prophylactic antiviral CRISPR in human cells, or PAC-MAN. By scrambling the virus’s genetic code, PAC-MAN could neutralise the coronavirus and stop it from replicating inside cells.
Health,
Published 26.06.2020 18:47
Ugandan startup turns plastic bottles into coronavirus face shields.
A startup called Takataka Plastics is testing a new process to turn plastic waste into construction materials and, most recently, reusable, locally made plastic face shields for medical workers who are fighting Covid-19. Takataka Plastics has been manufacturing in Gulu since March, with 14 staff, having made about 1,200 of…
Health, ,
Published 25.06.2020 17:48
In South Africa a school has installed DIY screens to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Educators at the Dr. GJ Joubert Primary School in Cape Town have built and installed DIY screens to stop the spread of Covid-19. The screens made from wood and plastic supplied by staff members have been placed on the pupil’s desks. Teachers at the school came up with the initiative…
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Published 25.06.2020 14:30
In Namibia an entrepreneur is using discarded ink to make sanitizers.
Bruce Salt, a local entrepreneur is using discarded ink from printing companies to make hand sanitizers. Salt is using the discarded ink to distill ethanol which is the main ingredient for the sanitizers. He has also expanded his product line to include other products needed in the fight against Covid-19…
Health, ,
Published 24.06.2020 17:08
In South Africa’s Eastern Cape a motorbike service has been launched to fight Covid-19.
The health department has acquired 100 motorbikes with sidecars to transport patients to health facilities. The motorbikes will also be used by health workers to provide mobile health services in the mostly rural province. Health officials believe the motorbikes will increase access to healthcare and help fight Covid-19 as many…
Health,
Published 24.06.2020 15:15
UK researchers are to test whether an experimental drug can prevent potentially deadly blood clots associated with Covid-19.
A new drug for preventing lung damage and blood clots in people with coronavirus is set to be trialled in UK hospitals with support from researchers at the British Heart Foundation of Research Excellence at Imperial College London. The drug, TRV027, works to restore the balance and could dampen the…
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Published 24.06.2020 14:55
Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands have signed a contract for pre-orders of 300 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine currently in development.
The deal was signed with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for a promising coronavirus vaccine currently still in the experimental phase. All EU countries will be able to take part in the program. The vaccine is expected to be finished by the end of 2020.
Health,
Published 23.06.2020 17:51
A German biotech company is using yeast to create a vaccine that would bring a permanent end to the coronavirus pandemic.
Based in Langenfeld in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, ARTES Biotechnology has already used yeast cells to bring a hepatitis B vaccine to market. Yeast, they believe, will help produce proteins that could be used to trigger the production of coronavirus antibodies in humans.
Lockdown,
Published 22.06.2020 14:17
Belarus Free Theatre created a fully fledged play online via Zoom.
Using separate video devices, including smartphones and drones, the play is being broadcast live from Minsk and performed in the homes of its socially distanced, 12-strong ensemble. It is an adaptation of Sasha Sokolov’s experimental novella A School for Fools that was circulated as underground literature in the USSR. The…
Health,
Published 20.06.2020 14:50
Israeli researchers have developed a prototype face mask which can clean itself using electricity provided by a phone charger.
Scientists from the Technion Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering in Haifa say the electricity will heat up a carbon fibre layer and kill off any viruses that have settled on it. They have already filed a patent application for the mask with the aim of making it commercially available…

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