oa CSIR Science Scope - South African biodiversity as a source of HIV/AIDS treatments : HIV/AIDS



As the third-richest centre of biodiversity in the world, South Africa has well over 20 000 indigenous plant species, providing a rich resource for drug discovery. Together with indigenous practitioners, CSIR scientists are working to identify novel compounds for potential anti-HIV drug leads to help treat the estimated 24.5 million people in sub-Saharan Africa living with HIV/Aids.


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