#ScibraaiSides: Herpes virus linked to why breastfeeding mothers on ARVs still sometimes transmit HIV to their babes

It’s a question that has baffled many an AIDS researcher: why do antiretroviral therapies (ARVs) not in all cases stop breastfeeding HIV positive mothers from transmitting the virus via their breast milk to their offspring? A new study by researchers of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Montpellier has now confirmed that a…

Geen kenners in SA om nuwe motspesies te beskryf

Suid-Afrika se eerste Wêrelderfenisgebied, die iSimangaliso-vleilandpark in KwaZulu-Natal, het twee nuwe motspesies opgelewer. Die twee motte, Stenoglene perissinottoi en Stenoglene clucki, behoort albei aan dieselfde familie wat algemeen as “aapmotte” bekend staan omdat hulle nogal harig is. Dr. Thierry Bouyer, ’n Belgiese entomoloog, het hulle beskryf nadat prof. Renzo Perossinotto van die Nelson Mandela Metropolitaanse…

Physics needn’t be Greek to isiZulu

The University of KwaZulu-Natal wants to introduce undergraduate courses in isiZulu but students are concerned technical words don’t translate well. You are sitting in a slightly musty-smelling lecture theatre, a physics lecturer at the front of the room, writing an equation on the blackboard. At either elbow, fellow students focus intently on the English words…