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Cheaper, faster diagnostic test

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have developed a highly innovative new enzyme biomarker test that has the potential to indicate diseases and bacterial contamination saving time, money and possibly lives.

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Female scientist helps identify gene causing spread of prostate cancer

Antonina Mitrofanova wanted to become an oncologist, but change to computer science and now she   is helping to fight cancer. Currently an Assistant Professor at Rutgers School of Health Professions and a research member of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Mitrofanova was lead author of a Rutgers study that found that a specific gene in cancerous prostate tumours indicates when patients are at high-risk for the cancer to spread, suggesting that targeting this gene can help patients live longer.

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Adding 58m people to our population in 12 years is scary

Between independence in 1960 and 2018, Nigeria’s population grew by more than 300 percent from around 45 million to over 190 million. Between 2006 and 2018, according to the CIA World Fact Book, Nigeria added about 58 million people when its population rose from 132 million to an estimated 192 million. A Nigerian woman gives birth to an average of 5.5 children in her lifetime. With a current population growth rate of 2.47 (2017), Nigeria could become the third most populous country with almost 400 people by 2050. In this interview with Sola Ogundipe and Arinola Kolade, Dr Ejike Oji, a gynaecologist and family planning expert, talks about changing socio-cultural norms and preference for large families. Oji who is Chairman Association for Advancement of Family Planning, talks about importance of investing in family planning. Excerpts:

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