GM mosquito risk assessments ‘deficient’, says review

Decisions to release genetically modified (GM) insects into the wild should be made more openly and based on better science, according to a review. The...

Novozymes Pioneers Food–Energy Venture in Africa

On September 21, Novozymes announced its investment in CleanStar Mozambique at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. CleanStar Mozambique, a company founded by Novozymes...

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...

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...

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...

Farmers in Africa should switch to biopesticides

Biopesticides are better and safer than chemical pesticides — policymakers must do more to promote them, says insect ecologist Manuele Tamò. Agriculture is, and will remain for...

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...

FOOD: Maggots to the rescue?

JOHANNESBURG,- The humble maggot (larva of a fly) is being nurtured as an alternative protein source for livestock and fish farming feed, and could...

East African labs to adopt uniform benchmarks

A new proficiency testing scheme that requires all labs in East Africa to better their services is likely to reduce on haphazard work as...

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...

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