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A sticky situation: Part 2: Post humans, frogs and AGI
A sticky situation: Part 2: Post humans, frogs and AGIArticle

In Part 1, Edward Herridge took a look at the genre of apocalyptic entertainment being popular because it accesses an atavistic fear of technology that mushroomed into the human subconscious...

Edward Herridge 20 Apr 2021

Any man-made changes to the human genome must be carefully regulated. Billon Photos/Shutterstock
Five principles that should guide future DNA 'editing' in South AfricaArticle

In recent years there have been several major innovations in genetics. One prominent example is Crispr-Cas9...,

Bonginkosi Shozi & Marietjie Botes 16 Feb 2021

Ignored fungal infections kill more people annually than HIV and malaria combined
Ignored fungal infections kill more people annually than HIV and malaria combinedArticle

Recently published estimates put the burden of disease due to fungal infection in South Africa at more than 3 million cases per year. These figures are especially shocking given that prior to 1980, fungal infections were not a major health problem...

Carolina Pohl-Albertyn, Issued by University of the Free State 10 Sep 2020

New technologies are helping people to choose when and how to have children. MidoSemSem/Shutterstock
New technologies mean states must reconsider what 'reproductive rights' areArticle

A number of technological advances have revolutionised human reproduction in the past few decades. One example is in vitro fertilisation (IVF), the process of fertilising a woman's eggs with a man's sperm in the laboratory...

Bonginkosi Shozi 23 Jul 2020

Looking to science for food security solutions
Looking to science for food security solutionsArticle

Considering the IP and legal implications of gene editing...

Chyreene Truluck 27 May 2020

A researcher performs a CRISPR/Cas9 process at the Max-Delbrueck-Centre for Molecular Medicine in Germany . Gregor Fischer/picture alliance via Getty Images
Covid-19 and gene editing: ethical and legal considerationsArticle

Researchers are racing against time to find ways to treat and prevent Covid-19. There is currently no treatment for the disease, and the World Health Organisation has created Solidarity, a global clinical trial which is testing four drugs as possible treatment...

Sheetal Soni 25 May 2020

Bacteriophages infecting a bacterial cell.
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Antibiotic resistance: scientists are reengineering viruses to cure bacterial infectionsArticle

The world is in the midst of a crisis. Antibiotic resistance has been found in numerous common bacterial infections, including tuberculosis, gonorrhoea and salmonellosis, making them difficult - if not impossible - to treat...

Manal Mohammed & Andrew Millard 21 Jan 2020

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Human gene editing: who decides the rules?Article

Gene editing technology allows scientists to make changes to an organism's DNA. It has made it possible to create cattle without horns, tomatoes that ripen slowly over time, and even mosquitoes that are incapable of transmitting malaria...

Sheetal Soni 16 Jan 2020

#SingularityUSouthAfrica2019: How applied computing can save your life
#SingularityUSouthAfrica2019: How applied computing can save your lifeArticle

Entrepreneur, inventor, researcher and physician Dr Habib Frost presented a talk on the life-saving capabilities of applied computing at the recent SingularityU South Africa 2019 Summit in Johannesburg...

21 Oct 2019

SingularityU South Africa Summit 2019 full schedule announced
SingularityU South Africa Summit 2019 full schedule announcedArticle

SingularityU South Africa to host over 25 international and local thought leaders bringing together innovators and disruptors from around the world to #futureproofAfrica...

Issued by Mann Made 12 Sep 2019

Mosquito nets are often used where malaria is common. Shutterstock
#WorldMalariaDay: As a Malian, the slogan 'zero malaria starts with me' has special meaningArticle

For the millions worldwide living with the daily reality of malaria, bringing an end to this awful disease can feel like a distant dream...

Mamadou Coulibaly 25 Apr 2019

Bio-punks and the democratic DIY design of the human body
Bio-punks and the democratic DIY design of the human bodyArticle

In August 2018 Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen caused a social media frenzy when the posted pictures of themselves sporting what appeared to be body-modification "jewellery" implanted in their necks and torsos on their respective social media feeds...

Bronwyn Williams 14 Dec 2018

Can patents help regulate future experimentation with designer babies?
Can patents help regulate future experimentation with designer babies?Article

Jiankui He, an associate professor of bioengineering who is currently on leave from Southern University of Science and Technology, in Shenzhen, China, has claimed to be the first to successfully bring to life two genetically-edited twin girls, Lulu and Nana. The objective was to prevent the twin baby girls from acquiring HIV infection by modifying their genes...

Daniel Mak 5 Dec 2018

He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher, speaks during the Human Genome Editing Conference in Hong Kong, Nov. 28, 2018. He made his first public comments about his claim of making the world’s first gene-edited babies.
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How a scientist says he made a gene-edited baby - and what health worries may ensueArticle

On Nov. 28, He Jiankui claimed to a packed conference room at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong to have edited the genomes of twin girls...

George Seidel 3 Dec 2018

Tweaking just a few genes in wild plants can create new food crops
Tweaking just a few genes in wild plants can create new food cropsArticle

The crops we rely on today have been bred over thousands of years to enhance certain characteristics...

James Hereward and Caitlin Curtis 24 Oct 2018

Just who is Chuma Niklaas? Disruptor or menace?
Just who is Chuma Niklaas? Disruptor or menace?Article

The name's Niklaas, Chuma J. Niklaas or just CJ if you prefer and I'm a second-year BCom student specialising in Digital Technology at AFDA...

Chuma Niklaas, Issued by AFDA 18 Oct 2018

Helping plants remove natural toxins could boost crop yields by 47%
Helping plants remove natural toxins could boost crop yields by 47%Article

Can you imagine the entire population of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom and France going hungry? You don't need to imagine. That is exactly what happens every day when an estimated 815 million people around the globe go hungry...

Paul South 27 Jun 2018

These CRISPR-modified crops don't count as GMOs
These CRISPR-modified crops don't count as GMOsArticle

Powerful genetically modified plant technologies can quickly yield new plant varieties, but their adoption has been controversial. But now a new genome-editing technology known as CRISPR may offer a good alternative...

Yi Li 23 May 2018

Huntington’s neurons show multiple nuclei (blue) within the same cell, and other signs of trouble, long before symptoms emerge.
Research shows Huntington's disease originates in embryonic developmentArticle

Huntington disease sufferers usually show symptoms in middle age as they develop jerky movements...

13 Feb 2018

Genome editing reveals key gene for human embryo growth
Genome editing reveals key gene for human embryo growthArticle

British scientists have used genome "editing" technology to reveal the role of a key gene in the early development of human embryos...

22 Sep 2017

The challenge ahead: Harnessing gene editing to sustainable agriculture
The challenge ahead: Harnessing gene editing to sustainable agricultureArticle

The role of genetic engineering in agriculture and food has generated enormous interest and controversies, with a large-scale embrace by some nations and wholesale bans by others...

Nteranya Sanginga 31 Mar 2017

By Martin Stübler, CC BY-SA 4.0,
How science can genetically strengthen endangered plants and agricultureArticle

As the human population swells - and in the face of a changing and unpredictable climate - the demand for natural resources increases...

Muhammad Nakhooda 24 Jun 2016

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