This is an edited extract from Sarah Wild’s new book ‘Human Origins’
Whether it was in the use of satellites to monitor the continent’s resources or precision medicine, we need technology to accelerate development.
Political buy-in is vital to science and research, particularly in a constrained economic environment.
This year’s Science Forum South Africa had an additional enticement: deputy president and ANC presidential hopeful Cyril Ramaphosa.
The annual Science Forum is the government’s showcase of continental science and technology.
Cyril Ramaphosa and Naledi Pandor have a particularly pro-intellectual stance, pushing science and technology as a way to drive economic growth.
Science Forum South Africa continues to be the only science forum of its kind for the country and the continent
Although it is totally discredited, its pervasive influence still colours perceptions because of its long association with empirical validity
We have the technology to edit the human genome, cut out parts of it and insert preprogrammed bits of replacement genome.
Science is advancing faster than our legislation