The discovery by scientists at the University of Cape Town of MMV390048, a synthetic molecule, has led to a possible cure for malaria. The implications are huge: the disease toll runs into the billions of dollars each year.
• Defeating malaria “within reach”
Dr Megan Russell is using her engineering knowledge to find practical solutions to the problems of healthcare in poorer countries by helping develop medical technology appropriate for more primitive conditions.
• SA’s second health train rolls out
An analysis of South Africa’s scientific performance shows that the country has increased its research output. Between 2000 and 2010, it improved its international publications ranking by two positions, and was ranked 33rd in the world.
• Top award for local invasion biologist