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A short history of the ‘live’ vaccine protecting Africa’s cattle against East Coast fever

This article provides a short history of the ‘live’ vaccine (officially known as the infection-and-immunization method of immunization) protecting Africa’s cattle against the lethal cattle disease East Coast fever and names the major funding agencies critical to its development over the last four decades and its deployment in more recent years. Continue reading

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First use of whole genome ‘synthetic biology’ — poster child for new science — in Africa

Synthetic biology is the design and construction of biological devices and systems for useful purposes (figure from The Official Andreas CV Blog). Four years ago, Time Magazine columnist Nancy Gibbs argued (The risks and rewards of synthetic biology, 28 Jun 2010) the need for early, inclusive and expansive public debate on advances at the frontiers of … Continue reading

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Vish Nene and Dirk Werling filmed on affinities between East Coast fever in cattle and malaria and cancer in people

South Africa’s first 24-hour television news channel, eNCA, has broadcast a 2-minute film that describes how the disease East Coast fever affects cattle in Africa and how research to develop a new-generation vaccine against it may hold promise for research on the human ailments of malaria and cancer. Continue reading

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Research is implemented by a consortium comprising ILRI, Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, GALVmed, Center for Tick and Tick-Borne Diseases, the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland, the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, the Royal Veterinary College, the USDA Agricultural Research Service and Washington State University. Continue reading