A look at gene technology

2019-04-23 06:00

The science club at South Peninsula High School in Diep River kicked off this year’s programme with a talk on biotechnology by one of the school’s alumnus who is now a post-doctoral researcher.

Dr Ebrahim Samodien is based at the Biomedical Research and Innovation Platform (BRIP) at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). His research focuses on obesity and the risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular and neurological diseases.

His 30-minute talk on gene silencing and gene splicing captivated the Grade 11 learners in attendance.

Science teacher Laurene Hanekom said the club was established 20 years ago to stimulate interest among learners – especially those who had a passion for scientific discovery. From being a club that arranged excursions to places of interest in the past, the emphasis has shifted to inviting scientists (especially alumni) who are making their mark in the scientific world.

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