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...

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...

$2 million to fund research on African vegetable crops

Small-farm operators in Africa and parts of Asia are intended to reap the benefits from two $1 million grants supporting seed-related research for indigenous...

Awards will go to scientists in Ghana, Tanzania

A scheme aiming to build research capacity in Ghana and Tanzania by supporting promising individual scientists is entering its second phase. Agriculture is a...

Biotech centre in Ghana to spearhead root, tuber research

Ghana's role in a pan-African agricultural productivity programme will soon take a step forward when it opens a new biotechnology facility. The scientists hope to...

KENYA: Local production means cheaper ARVs

A Kenyan pharmaceutical company has been given the green light by the World Health Organization (WHO) to start producing antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, which could...

Kenyatta University to establish a Biomedical Engineering Program

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Kenyatta University agreed to work together in building a biomedical engineering programme at the university....

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...

Egyptian scientists to make diabetes drug from bitter fruit

Bitter gourd, a plant long held to have anti-diabetic properties, is to be turned into tablets that Egyptian scientists hope will provide an...

South African scientists win first Obasanjo science prize

Two South African researchers have been awarded the inaugural Olusegun Obasanjo Prize for scientific discovery and technological innovation, for their work on HIV/AIDS and herpes...

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