Mozambique – Italy funds university research

Young researchers from Mozambique presented “Biotechnology for Health” and “The Genetic Characterisation of Populations”, at the first symposium of biotechnologies masters of the Eduardo...

Global biodiversity panel holds first plenary meeting

By Yojana Sharma The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) held its first plenary meeting last week (21–26 January), during which the science...

Insects’ gut microbes hint at biofuel breakthrough

By Li Jiao Deep inside insects' guts may lie the key to one of the biofuel industry's great challenges: how to cost-effectively turn tough plant...

Why it was right to publish research findings on bird flu

All those working in biological research — including both researchers and publishers — have valuable lessons to learn from recent debates over the publication of a...

New leader for Stellenbosch centre investigating invasive species

The director’s baton of the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (C·I·B) at Stellenbosch University was handed over from one world-class scientist to...

Mapungubwe honour for SA’s only practising Biophotonics PhD

A senior scientist - the only one practising her specific discipline in the country - was the lone representative of the scientific community at...

BIPCEA Entrepreneurship Training on Bioinnovate policy consortium for Eastern Africa

ATPS is organizing a Two-day training workshop on Entrepreneurship Skills for Bio-Scientists in Eastern Africa under the Project Bio Science Innovation Policy Consortium for...

Developing countries face up to synthetic biology challenges

As commercial synthetic biology production gathers speed, there are growing calls for greater regulation, reports Yojana Sharma. Debate about the governance of the emerging field of synthetic biology...

Global biodiversity panel launched

A global science assessment panel for biodiversity, modelled on the International Panel on Climate Change, was launched in Panama City earlier this month (21 April). The Intergovernmental...

Building science bridges in Botswana

On the outskirts of the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Research Institute (ORI) in Botswana is taking advantage of expertise from across Africa to solve national science...

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