Biotechnology Research Papers/Topics

Modelling the significance of feeding and mating related contact, optimal control and fractional order change on the long term dynamics of Devil Facial Tumour Disease

Abstract: Tasmanian devils are the largest living carnivorous marsupial found in the wild of Tasmania. These species are being threatened by a cancerous tumour disease, the Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). The disease affects the facial areas and has led to a considerable popula tion decline. In this thesis, mathematical models for transmission of DFTD are developed and analysed to investigate the significance of feeding and mating related contact, optimal control and fractional-order cha...

Visualizing the invisible: class excursions to ignite children’s enthusiasm for microbes

Abstract: We have recently argued that, because microbes have pervasive – often vital – influences on our lives, and that therefore their roles must be taken into account in many of the decisions we face, soci ety must become microbiology-literate, through the introduction of relevant microbiology topics in school curricula (Timmis et al. 2019. Environ Micro biol 21: 1513-1528). The current coronavirus pan demic is a stark example of why microbiology literacy is such a crucial enabler of...

Attitudes of Batswana towards stem cell technology as an alternative therapy in Botswana

Abstract: Botswana is lagging behind in active participation in stem cell research. The research is yet to take off in the country. In order for stem cell research to be established in Botswana, the people of the country have to accept the research as affording a viable therapy alternative to conventional medicine. This study aimed to evaluate and analyse attitudes of the people of Botswana towards the establishment of stem cell research in Botswana. A survey study was conducted to examine p...

Community Knowledge and Practices as Regards Malaria in Ilorin City: Implications for the Elimination Plan of the National Malaria Elimination Program

Abstract Objective: To examine malaria-related knowledge and practices among residents in Ilorin City to guide forthcoming malaria elimination action of the recently restructured Nigerian National Malaria Elimination Program. Methods: Community-wide cross-sectional study was conducted in June 2012 using pretested structured questionnaire and interview schedule to collect information on perception, prevention and treatment of malaria among the residents. Results: Majority of the respondents at...

Genetic diversity of Plasmodium falciparum isolates from naturally infected children in north-central Nigeria using the merozoite surface protein-2 as molecular marker

ABSTRACT Objective: To characterize the genetic diversity of Plasmodium falciparum (P. falciparum) field isolates in children from Lafia, North-central Nigeria, using the highly polymorphic P. falciparum merozoite surface protein 2 (MSP-2) gene as molecular marker. Methods: Three hundred and twenty children were enrolled into the study between 2005 and 2006. These included 140 children who presented with uncomplicated malaria at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia and another 180 chil...