As the SANBio/BioFISA II programme is coming to a close at the end of June 2019, it is time to look back at what has been achieved and what the future might bring. Some of the projects funded through BioFISA II grants are turning into commercial enterprises and it is time to celebrate their achievements.
Biotechnology is a field rife with opportunities and potential to improve the lives of communities across the globe. Nevertheless, some potential risks cannot be discounted. Today we are profiling a smart professional from the National Biotechnology Authority (NBA) in Zimbabwe, working on biosafety. NBA is a a statutory body with a mandate to manage and support biotech, research and application in Zimbabwe.
What connection do marshmallows and DNA have? If one thinks of the spiral ones, then the answer is shape. However, in Zimbabwe, the SANBio/BioFISA II team came across another answer: marshmallows can be used in modelling genomes and molecules to educate children about genomics and get them excited about the sciences. That is exactly what the President & Chief Scientific Officer at AiBST, Prof Collen Masimirembwa, is doing as a small part of his activities: he has always been a strong believer in capacity building starting from an early age.