Monday, 25 August 2014
In a new video released by Abubakar Shekau, which was made available by AFP, leader of the Islamic sect, has declared that the 'religious' sect is taking over Gwoza from the Nigerian territory, to be a town completely under his jurisdiction.
However, information from the Nigerian Military Head Quarters said its an empty statement, adding that efforts are on top gear to recover the town from the bandits.Read the transcribed text of Shekau's declaration in English after the cut...
Friday, 22 August 2014
According to studies carried out at Cornell University and published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, corn is a rich source of a phenolic compound called ferulic acid, an anti-carcinogenic agent that has been shown to be effective in fighting the tumours which lead to breast cancer, as well as liver cancer. Anthocyanins, found in purple corn, also act as scavengers and eliminators of cancer-causing free radicals.
Against the widespread criticism that Nigerian research institutes are not working towards the development of local drugs to combat the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the Director General, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) Professor Karniyus Gamaniel has identified fifteen likely herbs, which when developed could possibly cure Ebola.
According to him :"As at today, up to 15 of such medicinal plants have been so identified and work is on-going to ascertain their immunogenic and antiviral activities. Efforts are now being stepped up on to provide the specific facilities required for screening and working with the deadly Ebola virus in the institute and to identify competent collaborators on this assignment. Meanwhile, an internal call for research proposals was made in the Institute on Friday 15th of August for Research Fellows to come up with innovative research plans including those responding to this urgent National Health Emergency on EV."
The NIPRD DG, who spoke with topsyoba in an exclusive online chat,noted that the institute has signed a partnership agreement with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in order to work with renown virologist like Prof. Omilabu who has sufficient experience to handle Victims of the EVD.
Asked whether the specie of Tobacco found in ZMapp is available in Nigeria, he said :
"Tobacco is Nicotiana tabacum and it is found in Nigeria. But the strain used for the cultivation of the antibodies used for ZMapp might not be found here. We should know that tobacco plant is not part of the recipe for ZMapp, the plant was only used as carrier to multiply the artificial antibodies which was later extracted from the plant to make the recipe for the treatment. The artificial antibodies used in the ZMappTM treatment were created from a particular tobacco-plant strain found in Australia. The plants were genetically modified to serve as an ideal medium to grow the massive amounts of the antibodies needed for the treatment. The antibodies were then harvested and ground into the green mix used in the serum doses. Charles Arntzen, a plant biotechnology expert at Arizona State University, says that the appropriate viral genes for the antibodies that the scientists want are fused to the tobacco genes, infecting the tobacco with the virus. The plant produces antibodies that are subsequently separated from the plant when it is ground up."
Friday, 4 July 2014
The calmness on Ikorodu road went awry in the early hours of today, as a BRT bus knocked down a Soldier on a Power Bike, and information from eye witnesses said the Soldier died at the spot.Since then, Soldiers have started attacking the buses, and this has resulted in a terrible traffic and harrowing experience for commuters.So please avoid the route if possible. Since pictures below:
Friday, 13 June 2014
Friday, 6 June 2014
It has turned to a no victory, no surrender, as the protesting LASU students have made up their minds that until they get a reversal in their hiked tuition fees, they would not leave the Governor's office.Their determination could be seen in the way and manner in which they prepare, perhaps Launch to revive themselves.
...what a pitiable dismal, dismal! *wink*