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 (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



GroundUp Opinion: Science and decolonisation – a way forward | Daily Maverick

The #ScienceMustFall video clip hit social media headlines in October, and has drawn comment from across the globe. Amid the heated debate about decolonisation of education, two UCT academics, Alastair Sloan and Dept of Molecular and Cell Biology's Prof Nicola Illing, set out the University of Cape Town’s association with the African continent and its knowledge, especially of science. Read the full article here.


CRISPR article | Marie Claire

CRISPR technology has been a revolutionary breakthrough for scientists 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 darker side to this technology and this has become the subject of debate in the scientific community and increasingly in general society. 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. Nicola Illing regarding the South African perspective. Read more