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



CRISPR article | Marie Claire

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 10:45

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