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July 12th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes:

Scientists around the world are increasingly turning to the promise of CRISPR gene editing to tackle any number of problems facing humanity.

These efforts may have started in the US, Europe and Asia, but they have since spread to African nations. South African scientists are exploring the technology’s use in human health, while Ugandan researchers are focused on plant breeding efforts, particularly with cassava in a bid to overcome the deadly Cassava Brown Streak Virus.

As in other nations, these efforts are accompanied by debates among politicians and regulators over how to the regulate the research and any products that might be developed for the market. Read more