South African child provides HIV hope
10 A child infected with HIV at birth and given a short course of treatment has stayed healthy for the last nine years without further drugs in a case that could give hope to children born with the virus.
Researchers say they hope to learn from the case of the child, born in South Africa, to save others from having to take powerful daily medication for the rest of their lives.
Avy Violari, from the Perinatal HIV Research Unit of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, presented the case study to the International Aids Society conference in Paris. 12 Images captured by an underwater robot showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan’s destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant.
The robot found large amounts of solidified lava-like rocks and lumps inside a main structure underneath the core inside the primary containment vessel of Fukushima’s Unit 3 reactor, said the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Locating and analysing the fuel debris and damage in each of the plant’s three wrecked reactors are crucial for decommissioning the plant.
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