Gates Foundation funds ethics study

25 August 2016

A grant “to develop and articulate African (“Southern”) perspectives on the ethical, legal, social, and cultural implications of synthetic biology, and in particular, gene drive applications,” was awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Professor Jerome Singh, Head of Ethics at CAPRISA.
The grant, a total of $402,000 over a two year period, will “enable the articulation of African perspectives on synthetic biology, especially in regard to gene drive applications. Drawing on indigenous African knowledge systems, such articulation will allow for the ex-pression of indigenous, contextual, and nuanced Southern perspectives on synthetic biology, specifically, gene drive applications,” explained Prof Singh.