Connecting Africa to China
Chinese scientists find possible elixir of life
Chinese scientists have developed a new gene therapy that increases the strength and lifespan of older mice – and may one day have an impact on humans. The Beijing-based Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) specialising in regenerative medicine, focused on isolating and inactivating the kat7... Read more
Chinese lunar mission heads into uncharted territory
China has launched a mission to the moon to retrieve lunar rocks – the first mission of its kind since the USSR in 1976. Monday’s successful launch was China’s 35th this year, as it cements its title as a ‘space-superpower’. Launched off Hainan Island’s Wenchang Space Site, the mission,... Read more
Hydrogen power should be priority for SA government: mining exec
Promoting South Africa’s hydrogen economy should be a top priority for South African policymakers and industry leaders, says Steve Phiri, chief Executive of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat). Focusing resources on the relatively new industry may be help alleviate South Africa’s energy crisis, Phiri said at a virtual debate on... Read more
China to solve plastic pollution with algae substitute
A team of Chinese researchers has developed a biodegradable plastic replacement which promises to lessen the burden placed on the planet by excessive plastic use and waste. Professor Xu Jiachao and his team of researchers at the College of Food Science and Engineering at the Ocean University of China... Read more
Chinese Covid vaccine wins patent approval
Tianjin-based vaccine producer, CanSino Biologics, has won patent approval for its Ad5-nCOV vaccine candidate. The Covid-19 vaccine was approved in Beijing on 11 August, Chinese state-owned media reported citing documents released by China’s Intellectual Property Administration. The Ad5-nCOV candidate was co-developed by CanSino Biologics and a team of infectious... Read more
China forges ahead with late trial Covid-19 vaccine
China National Biotec Group (CNBG) is planning late-stage human trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine after scientists at its Wuhan-based medical facilities noted the experimental drug caused positive antibody responses in 100% of all tested human subjects. Initial trials for the potentially life-saving vaccine started in April this year.... Read more
TikTok a hit among African youth
Chinese video-sharing app TikTok is targeting growth in African countries, as it offers a new platform for influencers across the continent. TikTok has been raising awareness of its benefits through “creator sessions” for youths in Nairobi, Kenya. It has partnered with Transsion, a Chinese phone maker with a major... Read more