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Virus evolution could undermine a COVID-19 vaccine – but this can be stopped

Could SARS-CoV-2 evolve to dodge the vaccine? Jose A. Bernat Bacete/Moment collection/Getty Images Andrew Read, Penn State and David Kennedy, Penn State The first drug against HIV brought dying patients back from the brink. But as excited doctors raced to get the miracle drug to new patients, the miracle melted away. In each and every patient, the drug only worked …

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How popular is China in Africa? New survey sheds light on what ordinary people think

A Chinese engineer (centre) and Kenyan construction workers building a road in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Daniel Irungu/EPA Folashade Soule, University of Oxford and Edem E. Selormey, Centre for Democratic Development Ghana It’s been 20 years since the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was first held. Another summit is planned for September 2021 in Dakar, Senegal. Meanwhile, Chinese and African officials …

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Massive project on African DNA sets out to close the knowledge gap on mental illness

It has long been recognised that mental disorders can run in families. And often members of such families differ in their symptoms. Getty Images Lukoye Atwoli, Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) and Anne Stevenson, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health In July 2009, a woman brought her husband to the hospital where our colleagues …

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