French Polynesia hosts marine bacteria that could be used to make cosmetics, drugs and a plastic substitute.
The results add support for further roll-outs in Africa's meningitis belt, where 450 million people are at risk.
A range of genetic studies into tuberculosis bacteria could bolster efforts to fight drug-resistant strains.
The voices of disabled people are finally being included in disaster planning — a welcome move, says Sue Coe.
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Ministers will meet this week to deepen health aid and research cooperation between China and African countries.
Undernourished children are sicker and less educated, hitting national productivity later in life, reveal reports.