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Nairobi gets drug-discovery grant from Hitachi

The University of Nairobi in Kenya has received Ksh4 million (US$40,000) from Japanese IT company Hitachi for research into new drug targets for infectious diseases.

The grant will study Kenya’s ethnopharmacology—the traditional use of plants, fungi, animals or other natural products to treat illness—to see whether it can yield ideas for modern drugs and treatments.

Hitatchi will also offer one Nairobi student a year’s fellowship in Japan.

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