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The African Centre for Gene Technologies (ACGT) is an initiative that involves the ARC (Agricultural Research Council), CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) and the Universities of Johannesburg, Pretoria and the Witwatersrand. The aim is to create a collaborative network of excellence in advanced biotechnology, with specific focus on the “-omics”.

Ebola Sequencing Data Released Online

June 2015 - A team of British scientists representing an international, multi-organisational effort to curb the further spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone have released their first dataset of the virus’ genetic structure online on virological.org. The information...

In the front line of the fight against malaria

May 2015 - Saturday, 25 April was World Malaria Day. This year’s theme was ‘Invest in the future, defeat malaria’. The University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP CSMC) believes that research is critical in combating malaria in a manner that ...

Enhancing biopharming for an emerging bioeconomy

February 2015 - In the world of health and medicine, the word tobacco usually brings to mind cancer, emphysema and heart disease. But in recent years the plant's tarnished reputation is getting a makeover from the development of pharmaceuticals through an effective, swif...


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