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Women and children playing as pedestrian transporters, balancing loads on their heads, is a familiar scene in Sub-Sahara and most likely in other parts of Africa, and a practice which we hardly pay much attention to. Infact, its a practice we may perceive as normal in Africa .

However, studies carried out by researchers from Huddersfield University show that this practice can have a negative effect on health. In their paper entitled 'Health impacts of pedestrian head-loading: a review of the evidence with particular reference to women and children in sub-Saharan Africa' published in the Journal of Social Science and Medicine ,



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The U.K. government has shown support for the 'three-people' IVF technique, which makes use of DNA from two females and one male.

This technique scientists say, will bring hope to many families by helping to eliminate debilitating and potentially fatal mitochondria diseases that are passed on from mother to child.

Mitochondrial disease result from failures of the mitchondria, whihc are responsibile for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth.

Techniques applied allow the scientists to take the genetic information from the mother and place it into the egg of a donor with healthy mitochondria.



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Dr. Steve Kemp together with colleagues from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) will on Wednesday 5th June 2013 give a talk on 'GMO Cattle: Biotechnology for Improved Livestock Productivity - An overview of ILRI's Biosciences Research', at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, 8-4-4 Main Lecture Theatre.

Dr. Kemp and his team have come up with genetically modified cattle with resistance to some major livestock diseases in Kenya.



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C.A.V.S. 8-4-4 Main Lecture Theatre
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From July 2013 hundreds of downloadable digital UNESCO publications will be available through a new open access repository. This follows a decision by the UNESCO Executive Board to ensure that all knowledge that is created is made available to the widest possible audience.


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What gets measured gets done. Should it therefore follow that what gets done will get measured? How do we measure research that gets done?

Many of the things we do in our daily lives are based on common sense, what we have learnt through personal experience or observations. However, these are not always the best approach to doing things. Many times there are gaps in knowledge, theories, and personal experiences about how some things can work better and how some can be improved. This is what makes research critical in satisfying intellectual curiosity as well as finding answers to life’s questions.



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