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B4FA Week in Review – 19 June

June 24th, 2013

After a short break, the B4FA Week in Review is back with more fascinating stories from B4FA’s Media Fellows and many other sources.
Two of B4FA’s fellows were in the news recently – Kofi Adu Domfeh has been named a finalist for the First African Climate Change and Environment Reporting Award which is …

Week in Review – 28 May

May 29th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
28 May 2013
B4FA’s Project Leader, Sir Brian Heap, has published an essay this week about GM crops and genetics on the ‘Big Questions Online’ web site, part of the John Templeton Foundation’s effort to explore groundbreaking issues.
National Public Radio in the U.S. has published two intriguing articles on biotech and …

Week in Review – 22 May

May 22nd, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
22 May 2013
Dr. Roshan Abdallah, Director General of TPRI’s Technical Unit and a lecturer in our B4FA course in Tanzania, was recently featured in a profile inMwananchi. The article, written in Swahili is entitled ‘Roshan Abdallah: A scientist who believes in commitment, collaboration.’  A basic translation …

Week in Review – 14 May

May 22nd, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
14 May 2013
This past week there has been an incredible variety of articles, both by B4FA Media Fellows in our four focus countries – Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – and in the wider press.  The Economist, for example, published an intriguing piece on genetically modified …

Week in Review – 7 May

May 7th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
7 May 2013
This week Nature has published a special issue on GM crops which includes a number of interesting commentaries, including one commentary focusing on Africa and Asia (note: some articles are only accessible to subscribers).  Science journalist and commentator Keith Kloor has published a review of the special …

Week in Review – Week of 23 April

April 30th, 2013


B4FA – The Week in Review
30 April 2013
60 years after the discovery of DNA’s structure and 10 years since the completion of the Human Genome Project, it seems the possibilities for genetic research remain endless and fascinating, according to an article published in The Guardian (UK) this week.
A compelling radio programme on National …

Week in Review – Week of 16 April

April 23rd, 2013


B4FA – The Week in Review
23 April 2013

The B4FA book of essays on Africa and biosciences – ‘Insights’ – has spurred debate in both Uganda and Tanzania. In Uganda, B4FA Media Fellow Henry Lutaaya covered the launch of the book in Kampala and the reactions from scientists and politicians, while …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 8 April

April 16th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
16 April 2013
It has been yet another interesting week for bioscience in Africa, including many articles from our Fellows. We’ve also held a second Media Fellow course in Uganda – it was wonderful to see both familiar and new faces and to launch our book …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 1 April

April 10th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
10 April 2013
This week was marked by some very interesting articles by our fellows. B4FA Media Fellow Kate Obande conducted an interview with Mr Salisy Abubakar, a researcher who believes mango and wild banana seeds are potential sources of industrial starch, while Edith Nwapi highlights …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 25 March

April 4th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
02 April 2013
This week African science was in the spotlight at the BBC Africa Science Festival, organised by the University of Makerere in Kampala, Uganda. This included a BBC video report on Uganda’s genetically modified ‘golden bananas’ that include pro-vitamin A to improve nutrition and decrease cases of …