Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to scientists who discovered CRISPR gene editing tool for 'rewriting the code of life'

CRISPR Nobel Prize scientists

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for the development of a method for genome editing.

They discovered one of gene technology's sharpest tools: the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors. Using these, researchers can change the DNA of animals, plants and micro-organisms with extremely high precision.
Before announcing the winners on Wednesday, Göran K. Hansson, secretary-general for the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, said that this year's prize was about "rewriting the code of life."

A Wealth of Energy and Experience: Profiling Prof Olubukola Babalola (NRF rated)

Prof Olubukola Babalola

We would like to introduce to you Professor Olubukola Babalola, the Director for the Food Security and Safety Niche area and the Principal Investigator Department of Microbial Laboratory at the NWU Mafikeng Campus. We are glad she also participated in the SANBio Annual Event in February 2017 as a speaker.

Boston Study Tour – Part 1: The Legal Landscape

Study tour

Intellectual property, regulations, and attorney fees

Boston, an area of 124 square kilometres has a remarkably large number of attorney firms with new firms established frequently. One would wonder how so many lawyers could be established in such a small space and still be profitable, but when one looks deeper into the Boston biotech ecosystem, the reasons become rather obvious. This is because in an area of just over 124 square kilometres, there are at least 900+ companies with some big brands such as Vertex established here.