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Actinomycetes
False colour image of actinomycetes, a bacteria found abundantly in soil and fresh water that produce bioactive compunds with medical and agricultural applications. Actinomycete & antibiotic research unit, Dr Paul Meyers
Protoplasts
Protoplasts (plant cells with their cell walls removed) expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP). Red fluorescence corresponds to chloroplasts/chlorophyll. Eukaryotic gene expression & plant stress laboratory, A/Prof Nicola Illing
Bat Foetus
The digits of bat Miniopterus natalensis and mouse Mus musculus were compared at various embryonic stages to expand understanding of limb development. Eukaryotic gene expression & plant stress laboratory, A/Prof Nicola Illing

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Sunday, 17 February 2019
A new vaccine hope for African horse sickness, from an unlikely source

Researchers at the University of Cape Town’s Biopharming Research Institute (BRU) have
created a promising new vaccine candidate to help prevent the devastating effects of African
Horse Sickness (AHS). And they’re producing it in tobacco plants.

Publication Date:
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 - 11:15
Biopharming Research Unit profile on Carte Blanche

The ability to grow vaccines in plants has been developed at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Biopharming Research Unit (BRU) in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, A hydroponic farm in Cape Town where plants are being grown to produce vaccines, along with the story behind BRU's research and development, sparked the interest of MNet's Carte Blanche television programme, which featured the progress on Sunday, 18 November 2018.

Publication Date:
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 - 10:30
Marie Claire CRISPR image
CRISPR article | Marie Claire

CRISPR technology has been a revolutionary breakthrough for scientist's and promises to facilitate massive advances in combating disease and genetic disorders as well as being a valuable tool for research. However, there may be a dark side to this technology which is something scientists are hotly debating. Fiona McDonald of Marie Claire investigated the subject in their article "Should Scientists Be Playing God" (Marie Claire, September 2016) and interviewed MCB's Prof. Nicci Illing regarding the South African perspective.

Publication Date:
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 - 10:45