How science might save the Northern white rhino sub species

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19th March 2018 is one of the days we failed as humanity…again.

Sudan, the last male northern white rhino died. He started ailing early last year due to degeneration of his muscles and developed substantial skin wounds due to his impaired mobility. As his health had gotten worse and he was under a great deal of pain, a decision was made by veterinarians at the conservancy to euthanise him. Continue reading “How science might save the Northern white rhino sub species”


HIV self-test kits

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Globally, there are about 36.7 million people infected with HIV with 5000 new infections occurring every day. Of this number, 1.6 million infected people live in Kenya with 106 000 new infections every year; based on statistics as at 2016.

HIV self-test (HIVST) kits were launched in Kenya in May 2017. They can be purchased across the country in different pharmacies, with the different locations specified here, and used at your own convenience. The kits are part of the United Nation’s 90-90-90 targets, to get 90% of all HIV infected people to know their status by 2020.  This is especially for people who lack access to HIV testing centres or may face fear and stigma for various reasons. Continue reading “HIV self-test kits”

Activated charcoal: all that or not?!

Powdered activated charcoal


If you have not come across any jet black food picture on your social media feed, taken in perfect lighting (of course), you must live in utopia. However, just in case, this is how they look like…


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Activated charcoal, that comes mostly in powder or capsule form is tasteless and odourless. It can also be found incorporated into products such as cosmetics and toothpaste. Continue reading “Activated charcoal: all that or not?!”

10 tips to get your CV in shape


The tips here are adapted for PhD applications, but they cut across the board for both academic and non-academic applications.

#1 Keep it short

The best way to apply for any position is to put yourself in the shoes of the person assessing your application. They probably have thousands of applicants to go through and they are almost certainly doing this on top of their regular workload.

In other words, they do not have the time to go through a ten-page manifesto listing every single skill you have ever applied and every single activity you ever took part in. Draw a line at two pages of well spaced-out and formatted text – you are more likely to draw the interest of your readers and to keep their attention! Continue reading “10 tips to get your CV in shape”

5 (bio)-science trends to look out for in 2018


What this is not, is an exhaustive list, as technological advancement has translated into a lot of development in health and science. What it is, however, is a list of things I intended to write on towards the end of 2017 but the universe rolled on too fast.

In no particular order:

  1. CAR-T therapy 

Continue reading “5 (bio)-science trends to look out for in 2018”