A World of Science by theme: Research for health

  • 60 years of the double helix (2013, EN), on the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953 and how it ushered in a revolution in medicine, agriculture, criminal investigation, insurance and even archaeology and palaeontology.
  • A little technology can go a long way (2013, EN), on a UNESCO project to help Maasai women in Tanzania make their homes safer and more comfortable
  • Preserving the Memory of the World (2013, EN), provides examples of human ingenuity over the past 2000 years that have been inscribed on the Memory of the World Register, to mark the 20th anniversary of UNESCO’s eponymous programme
  • Genetic pollution is Permanent (2013, EN), interview on the ethical implications of synthetic biology for the environment and human health
  • All for One and One for All: Genetic Solidarity in the Making (2012, EN, ES, FR), on UNESCO’s support for the Human Variome Project, the successor to the Human Genome Project
  • Science is a Universal Language (2012, EN, ES), interview of a woman researcher and inventor who is blending enterpreneurship with philanthropy to harness biotechnology to social progress
  • The Benefits of Biotech for South Asia (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the potential of biotechnology for health, agriculture and energy generation in the region
  • Chemical Contaminants: those Invisible Additives in our Drink (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), on why we should be worried about the extent of chemical contamination of surface and ground water
  • As Chemists, We are Designers (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), interview on using laser to cure cancer
  • Where would we be without Chemistry? (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the omnipresence of chemistry in our daily lives, including the role it plays in the pharmaceutical industry (comes with a pull-out Periodic Table)
  • Ageing Youthfully (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the latest medical advances for staying healthy longer
  • Teeth will Help to Shape the Future of Stem Cell Research (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR, MLY, RU), interview of a Brazilian scientist on research that may one day make it possible to repair tooth decay and engineer healthy tissue
  • Why a Warmer World will be a Sicker World (2007, EN, ES, FR, RU), interview on how a warmer climate will allow vector-transmitted diseases to extend their geographical range
  • Students Choose Life in Kenya (2006, EN, ES, FR, RU), on how universities are attempting to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS on campus, especially among women aged 15-24, where the infection rate (15.5%) is more than double the national average and that for young men of the same age
  • The Red Tide (2006, EN, ES, FR, RU) on the risks to human health and aquaculture of outbreaks of harmful algal blooms in the ocean
  • Controlling Malaria, the Vampire of the Technological Age (2005, EN, FR), on a biological weapon developed by a scientist to eradicate malaria from southern Iran
  • Arsenic Filter Stalks Silent Killer in Bangladesh (2006, EN, ES, FR), on the invention of a filter to protect the Bangladeshi population from groundwater contaminated by naturally high levels of arsenic
  • Protecting Infants from AIDS (2004, EN, FR), interview on the work of the World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention supported by UNESCO and headed by one of the co-discoverers of the HIV/AIDS virus
  • For an International Basic Sciences Programme (2002, EN, FR), interview on UNESCO’s planned new programme

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