oa CSIR Science Scope - Understanding viruses to heal and prevent communicable diseases : virologist

Volume 7, Issue 1
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During the early 1990s, few could foresee the extent of the scourge of HIV/Aids on the African continent. Dr Hazel Mufhandu, a CSIR virologist and HIV expert, was a teenager at the time, unaware of the fact that she would eventually devote a career to unravelling the secrets of a virus that would infect more than 10% of the South African population and annually kill thousands. In high school, Mufhandu dreamt of becoming a medical doctor, the obvious choice for a youngster who fared well in maths, biology and physical sciences.

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