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February 2009 edition

Laser technology

Laser science confirms far-reaching benefits

Left: Dr Maryna van de Venter
Right: Dr Abimbola Sowemimo
Who would have thought that lasers could be used to monitor pollution or used for research into alternative cancer treatments? African researchers are in fact involved in fundamental studies such as these and their work is sure to push Africa even further into the global arena. Through a project funded by the African Laser Centre, researchers from the Department of biochemistry and microbiology at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Dr Maryna van de Venter and Dr Trevor Koekemoer; and Dr Abimbola Sowemimo from the Department of Pharmacognosy at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, have joined forces to investigate medicinal plants used in Nigerian traditional medicine as potential anticancer agents, using a laser.

Read more about this research in the next edition (expected end March 2009) of ScienceScope, a quarterly CSIR publication.

Enquiries: CSIR Communication

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