PLAYING WITH DNA FOR A LIVING
“I have made it my mission to understand how our DNA contributes to disease – specifically diseases that concern Africa.”
- Dr Janine Scholefield
Stem cell research gives us valuable information about some of the continent’s most threatening diseases, bringing us closer to finding preventions and cures. Janine, a geneticist at the CSIR, is making a significant contribution in this field. “The genes in our DNA don’t just determine the colour of your eyes or your blood type. They also play a role in cell function and susceptibility to disease,” Janine explains. Her passion for genetics led her to work with non-embryonic stem cell technology in her lab. As she puts it, “It’s such a valuable technique and could be used beautifully in combination with South Africa’s diverse genetic population – to uncover clues about disease susceptibility relevant to our country.”
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