Tag: Kenya

7 facts about the recently discovered super gonorrhoea

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Antibiotic resistance is not a new phrase but it becomes alarming when all antibiotics become ineffective against a previously treatable STD (sexually transmitted disease).

 WHO estimates that each year, about 78 million people worldwide are infected with gonorrhea with most patients being under the age of 25. There are no published statistics for Kenya, but in 2014 the country was nominated as a regional surveillance hub for drug resistant gonorrhoea.

 

  1. Gonorrhea is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It is transmitted through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex with an infected person and also through sharing of sex toys.

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Beautiful union of chemistry and tech

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If science was a commodity, Samuel Njoroge would easily sell it. He makes it sound beautiful and he lives for disruptive innovation.

Current position

He is an R&D scientist at Proctor and Gamble (P&G) whose day to day role involves developing upstream technologies and exploiting the emerging technologies to facilitate superior (FCMG) fast moving consumer goods development and to continuously improve P&G’s innovation productivity. If you are in a fancy mood you can call it Front End innovation. Continue reading “Beautiful union of chemistry and tech”

Why it may be a risky period to be pregnant in a tropical country

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I have been silently following the progress of Zika virus and given the prevalence of mosquitoes in the country, it was only a matter of time before it became a public health alert. WHO (I know I mention them often) declared it an internationally public health emergency.

Zika virus discovered in the Zika forest in Uganda in 1947, only currently erupted in the Western hemisphere. It is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito which is also responsible for dengue, yellow fever and rift valley fever. It is a slight concern in the country given the cases of dengue fever down in the Coastal region. However researchers at Centre for Virology Research (CVR) – KEMRI are keeping all incidences under watch. Continue reading “Why it may be a risky period to be pregnant in a tropical country”

The stir that is GMO

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One of the few industries reaping profits in the month of January are arguably, fitness centres.  This is for reasons obvious, Christmas holiday’s indulgences and the oh-so-famous New Year resolutions meet in a beautiful union. Do people still make those?

We eat so much we forget that we once fought genetically modified organisms… foods, infamously abbreviated as GMO’s. I say once, because on one of my few occasions to catch national news, politicians were up in arms against it, then the usual social media uproar and then the swift move to the next interesting bit of news. In case you are wondering, the ban on GMO in Kenya was to be lifted as at November 2015 – There are no confirmed sources whether that occurred.  For such a construed topic, GM crops only constitute 10% of the crops worldwide with 90% of them being grown in the US, Canada, Argentina and Brazil. Continue reading “The stir that is GMO”

Light play

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I met Joshua Hordell in a kickboxing class. That is where we used to go dump our lab life frustrations and I can tell you for free, nothing beats the blues like a muscle exhausting endorphin burst. You cannot worry about failed experiments, nearly overdue reports and calves that won’t function at the same time, so that temporary space of no worry is a nirvana while it lasts.

 

I am constantly joking over my physics inadequacies so people like Josh live it for me. He studied an integrated masters- 3 years of undergraduate and a year of masters in succession. He says it was a cheaper yet more challenging alternative.

 

This led to a PhD in quantum optics, which is the science that will eventually aid in better visualization of cells – the more understood they are, the better for drug developers. Outside the biological side (sorry I can’t help it), the technologies behind it can also be helpful in the study of galaxies and hosting powerful surveillance systems. Continue reading “Light play”

Biology and beyond

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I first visited ILRI – International Livestock Research Institute in Kabete during the last year of my undergraduate studies in Microbiology. No, they don’t only breed cows and they do have some of the most advanced laboratories in Kenya.

If you decided to take biology for your first degree, it opens the doors to a myriad of options. Some of the options highlighted here involve the role of genetic studies in studying different ecological environments, exploring microbial culture for therapeutic purposes and improvement of crop species with emphasis on crop disease.

Meet Francesca Stomeo from south Italy, the blog’s first feature profile. Continue reading “Biology and beyond”