This man rewrites the genetic code of animals
19 July 2018 | 11:58 am
Aided by recent discoveries, scientists are now manipulating the DNA of all kinds of organisms. Dan Carlson helped develop dairy cattle that never grow horns. His hope: eliminating a painful procedure millions of calves undergo each year.
5 Jul 2022
As the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha approaches, crowds gather in a narrow street to watch a once-a-year spectacle in a neighbourhood of Pakistan’s commercial capital Karachi. Every year, plump and polished cattle are lowered 12 metres (40 feet) by crane from Syed Ejaz Ahmad's rooftop barn in the city's Nazimabad neighbourhood ahead of the three-day sacrificial festival, which kicks off on July 10 this year.
28 Aug 2022
Scientists recently discovered a crater off the coast of Guinea. While it was not as impactful as the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, its regional consequences would have been huge. Our regional correspondent Sam Bradpiece spoke to one of the researchers involved.
11 Sep 2022
Our current vaccines don't protect well against the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2. But scientists say they have produced an antibody in a mouse model that could lead to new vaccines that fight all variants.
29 Oct 2022
Researchers in Botswana and South Africa, who separately identified the COVID-19 omicron variant, are the winners of the 2022 German Africa Award.
26 Oct 2022
Sikhulile Moyo und Tulio de Oliveira discovered the Omicron coronavirus variant, an achievement for which they were recognized, but also insulted and threatened.
A bird flu outbreak on a Spanish mink farm is alarming scientists. The virus may be spreading for the first time from mammal to mammal — and could become a danger for humans.
We take a look at how the press is covering the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, and how, for some, the tragedy is both a natural disaster story but a political one as well. We also discuss controversies over the Grammy Awards and a trans Harry Potter video game character.
Leaked plans for the world’s first octopus farm detail how the eight-legged creatures would be slaughtered: by hypothermia. Experts say it’s inhumane.
A recent report points to raccoon dogs as possible transmitters at the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic. DNA samples collected at the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market in China show that several raccoon dogs were present in areas where the SARS-CoV-2 virus was found. FRANCE 24's Science Editor Shirli Sitbon looks at what the data may have revealed and why it has disappeared from data-sharing site GISAID.
In Uganda, parents of children still missing since a school dorm was set on fire and another attacked with machetes offer up their DNA in search for their missing loved ones. Meanwhile in Burundi, hundreds of thousands of people who fled their country in 2015 amidst political turmoil have started returning from Rwanda and Tanzania. Finally, we learn the rags-to-riches story of one Ghanaian designer.
Stolen livestock from some West African nations have been finding their way into local markets in Ghana. Security experts are concerned that porous borders are facilitating jihadists' movement of the rustled animals.
Astronomers have made a discovery that confirms the existence of gravitational waves, which sound like the hum at a large gathering. These ripples in space-time were proposed by Albert Einstein over a century ago.
Lecture topic: For the world to respect Africa. Keynote topic: Federalism is the answer, What is the question?
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Today's shoppers have become accustomed to doing their own research to get the maximum value out of every dollar they spend, and to feel secure about the purchases they're making.
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The EU border agency Frontex will deploy officers and equipment to Finland to help stem the flow of "weaponized migration" from Russia. Some 50 border agents and other staff, vehicles and equipment will arrive next week.
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Some users are sharing a viral video since November 15, that they claim shows Muslim migrants assaulting a group of women in a Paris metro. We explain what this miscaptioned video really shows, in this edition of Truth or Fake.
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As Hamas prepares to release a first group of hostages held for more than six weeks in Gaza, it's worth remembering that Israelis have been held hostage many times over the nation's 75-year history. In October 2011, Franco-Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was freed by Hamas after being held in captivity for more than five years. He'd been captured during a cross-border raid. In Perspective, we spoke to the man who played a key role in negotiating his release.
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The Nigerian Exchange in a bid to further deepen the capital market engagements is targeting increased issuances of Islamic Finance instruments especially from Corporates. Jude Chiemeka, Executive Director, Capital Markets at the Nigerian Exchange joins CNBC Africa to discuss partnerships with the Islamic Development Bank Institute and near term outlook for the market.
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