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September 30, 2015

Farm-level solutions key to halting aflatoxins exposure

Adopting suitable technologies and practices at the farm level could significantly help reduce the high risk of consumer exposure to aflatoxins, according to researchers. In a discussion paper published in July this year, researchers assessed how a theory of change — an approach for analysing complex problems — could be […]
September 30, 2015

Scientists discover new system for human genome editing

Game-changing technology could disrupt both scientific, commercial landscape A team including the scientist who first harnessed the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 system for mammalian genome editing has now identified a different CRISPR system with the potential for even simpler and more precise genome engineering. In a study published in Cell, Feng Zhang […]
September 30, 2015

African Leaders, International Partners Launch New Initiatives to Spur Scientific Research in Africa

African and international partners launched the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), a new initiative that aims to help drive Africa’s research agenda and build scientific capacity across the continent. AESA was created by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development […]
July 31, 2015

Researchers create 3D-printed ‘smart’ bottle caps to tell you if your milk is fresh

3D-printed electrical sensors are going to change everything. 3D printing has notched up some mind-boggling accomplishments in its relatively short lifespan. We’ve seen 3D-printed bridges and 3D-printed buildings. Scientists have even managed to produce 3D-printed brain-scaffolding, if you can get your head around that (and if you can’t, at least […]
July 31, 2015

African universities advised to team up on agriculture

Universities across Africa must link up their agricultural research and teaching programmes to help modernise farming on the continent, a conference heard. Speakers told the UN’s third Financing for Development conference in Ethiopia this week that universities should align their agricultural science efforts and collaborate with each other to compete […]