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Unlocking DNA technology in Nigeria

In this video, discover how a new molecular biology laboratory could boost the nation’s genetic research.

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Healthcare: A human right for Burmese migrants

This audio slideshow explains how a Thai clinic helps Burmese refugees and trains ethnic minority health workers.

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New tech offers hope of tackling TB in South Africa

South African trials test devices to detect the most infectious tuberculosis patients and track their movements.

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Health in urban slums depends on better local data

Tapping into local knowledge is the best way to assess each slum’s most urgent needs, a conference has heard.

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US provides $40 million to tackle infectious diseases

The Centers for Disease Control aims to help 30 high-risk nations boost their resistance to deadly pathogens.

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HIV treatment as prevention in Africa

In this podcast, we meet the researchers behind a trial that is taking a different approach to tackling the disease.

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Focus on Disability: A chance to fill the data gap

Moves to boost statistical capabilities for post-2015 development goals should include disabled people, says Sue Coe.

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Hookworm genome sequence helps identify drug candidates

The decoded genome is aiding efforts to find drugs against a parasite that infects almost 600 million poor people.

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Prawns show promise in schistosomiasis control

Field tests are underway in Senegal as lab results show prawns cut numbers of the snails that transmit the parasite.

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Battling terrorism to eradicate polio

The disease persists in Pakistan but, as this audio slideshow reveals, the Taliban is targeting vaccination work.

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MSF pioneers opening up access to humanitarian data

The charity hopes other organisations will do likewise and this will bring health benefits to vulnerable communities.

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Plankton beats insecticides at mosquito control

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Plankton-like crustaceans can be used to help cut mosquito larvae numbers in ponds and lakes.

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WHO scheme attacked for not living up to innovation aim

The expert panel has been criticised for choosing feasible rather than novel ideas for neglected disease research.

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Funding for drug development partnerships nose dives

No one seems to know what is driving a trend of declining funding in public-private drug research partnerships.

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