The Black Woman Who Changed Modern Medicine and Saved Millions of Lives

“When other cells are very finicky and you look at them crosswise and they die, her cells grow happily in the laboratory dish decade after decade.”  –  Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, United Sates “Grown and sold around the world, [Henrietta] Lacks’ legacy lived on in her cells: they have… Read More The Black Woman Who Changed Modern Medicine and Saved Millions of Lives

This Nigerian American Dreams of Finding Cures for Infectious Diseases in Africa

Nigerian-born Chidiebere Akusobi has notched many impressive academic achievements in his short life. The 25-year old studied ecology and evolutionary biology as an undergraduate at Yale, then earned his master’s in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge. Now he’s three years into a joint PhD/MD program researching cures for infectious diseases at Harvard and MIT.… Read More This Nigerian American Dreams of Finding Cures for Infectious Diseases in Africa

How Eight Nigerians Discovered the World Foremost Anti-sickle Cell Drug

Sickle-cell anaemia is particularly common in western Africa and people of western African ancestry. Sickle-cell anaemia is also common in people from Mediterranean countries, the Middle East, and India, or people whose ancestors came from these regions. it is a genetic disorder which in particular shows its clinical manifestations in the black race and Nigeria… Read More How Eight Nigerians Discovered the World Foremost Anti-sickle Cell Drug

How people of African Decent Can Benefit from Precision Medicine

A chip containing millions of genetic variations that are common in Africa could help scientists bring the benefits of precision medicine to the continent. The chip could lead to new insights into human health as well as new treatments that work better on Africans. Its developers say it will be ready to use in early… Read More How people of African Decent Can Benefit from Precision Medicine