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A team of researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) have found a new way to test for asymptomatic vaginal infections in women in resource-poor settings. In this piece, Saberi Marais (technology commercialisation manager at UCT), Associate Professor Jo-Ann Passmore from UCT's Division of Medical Virology, and Dr Lindi Masson, an associate member of and senior lecturer in the Division of Medical Virology, discuss the results of their invention, the Genital Inflammation Test.
University of Cape Town scientists, who spent two decades researching plant-made vaccines before turning their attention to COVID-19 when the pandemic hit, have successfully reported the expression of the near-full length SARS-CoV-2 spike vaccine in plants.
Low Vitamin D levels have been hypothesised by some experts to be a risk factor for tuberculosis (TB). People who develop TB often present with low Vitamin D levels when they are diagnosed. However, whether Vitamin D levels at one point predispose a child to developing TB is debated and not clear.