In COVID-19–Hit Africa, Agricultural Research Feels the Pinch
In COVID-19–Hit Africa, Agricultural Research Feels the Pinch
The pandemic and accompanying lockdowns have meant missing growing seasons and losing out on key data. As restrictions are partially lifted, researchers are adjusting to the new normal.
In COVID-19–Hit Africa, Agricultural Research Feels the Pinch
In COVID-19–Hit Africa, Agricultural Research Feels the Pinch

The pandemic and accompanying lockdowns have meant missing growing seasons and losing out on key data. As restrictions are partially lifted, researchers are adjusting to the new normal.

The pandemic and accompanying lockdowns have meant missing growing seasons and losing out on key data. As restrictions are partially lifted, researchers are adjusting to the new normal.

South Africa
Ancient Beads Point to Far-Flung Relationships in Southern Africa
Ancient Beads Point to Far-Flung Relationships in Southern Africa
Shawna Williams | Jul 13, 2020
An isotopic analysis of eggshell beads dating back more than 30,000 years indicates that they helped build networks that stretched for hundreds of kilometers.
In South Africa, COVID-19 Breath Test Trial Set for June
In South Africa, COVID-19 Breath Test Trial Set for June
Munyaradzi Makoni | Jun 15, 2020
If proven successful, the five-minute test could be a good temporary indicator before a confirmatory PCR test.
Surgisphere Fallout Hits African Nonprofit’s COVID-19 Efforts
Surgisphere Fallout Hits African Nonprofit’s COVID-19 Efforts
Catherine Offord | Jun 7, 2020
The company had helped develop a tool to aid decision-making in distributing limited medical equipment among coronavirus patients, but two high-profile retractions call into question the validity of Surgisphere’s work in toto.
HIV Researcher Gita Ramjee Dies of Complications Tied to COVID-19
HIV Researcher Gita Ramjee Dies of Complications Tied to COVID-19
Catherine Offord | Apr 1, 2020
The South African scientist fought for women’s access to healthcare in disadvantaged communities.
Another HIV Vaccine Clinical Trial Fails
Another HIV Vaccine Clinical Trial Fails
Amy Schleunes | Feb 3, 2020
The study showed that a vaccine combining a variety of immune-stimulating components was no more effective than a placebo.
Opinion: Why Warthogs Are Useful in Figuring Out How Bovine TB Spreads
Opinion: Why Warthogs Are Useful in Figuring Out How Bovine TB Spreads
Eduard Roos | Mar 12, 2019
The information we’ve gathered showed us that warthogs can be used as disease sentinels, avoiding the need to resort to testing valuable or endangered animals.
Lab in South African “Township” to Sample TB from Breathed Air
Lab in South African “Township” to Sample TB from Breathed Air
Linda Nordling | Mar 8, 2019
A new facility located in a congested community with high tuberculosis rates brings basic science and cutting edge techniques into the heart of disease circulation.
US Government Shutdown’s Effects on Science Ripple Overseas
US Government Shutdown’s Effects on Science Ripple Overseas
Catherine Offord | Jan 30, 2019
From canceled conferences to delayed publications, fallout of the shutdown spread beyond US borders, prompting concerns about long-term damage to international collaboration.
Celebrated Cardiologist Bongani Mayosi Dies
Celebrated Cardiologist Bongani Mayosi Dies
Catherine Offord | Sep 12, 2018
The 51-year-old University of Cape Town researcher had been suffering from depression, and his death has prompted reflection on being a black academic in South Africa.