Crunching data through specially designed computer software programmes in order to solve biological problems might, at first glance, not seem the most glamorous choice of occupation for those involved in the biological sciences
Ndimba’s proteomics unit – which studies proteins in plants – moved into the state-of-the-art building in March that year, when he started growing different types of the indigenous African grass, sorghum, in a greenhouse-like alcove on the outer edge of the biotechnology department
The notion of biobanking is not new but the open and evolving nature of biobanks has profound ethical, legal and social implications
Nobel Prize Winner Dr David Baltimore wants to establish a new institution to use genetic engineering in the war against AIDS, delegates heard at the conference on the Social, Ethical, Legal, Educational, Bio-Medical and Bio-Technological Implications of the Human Genome Project, hosted by the African Genome Initiative, at Spier, near Stellenbosch this month. He has called for the relaxation of requirements that vaccination procedures stimulate naturally available immunity and that scientists commit themselves to genetically designing an "immunity protein".
Sorghum is important food crop in Africa, Central America, and South Asia. IDRC Photo: Pattie Lacroix Ethiopian agronomist Gebisa Ejeta’s efforts to protect an important food crop have netted him the 2009 World Food Prize.