18 April 2008
South Africa’s first Centre for Proteomic and Genomic Research (CPGR) has been officially opened (see news article). Based within the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine at the University of Cape Town, the centre houses a number of genomic and proteomic technology platforms which will be used to provide support and solutions to scientific communities both in industry and academia. The centre is also engaged in a number of research activities relating to both human and plant sciences such as identification of diagnostic markers for diseases like malaria and leukaemia, understanding the correlation between human genetic variation and drug response and the search for markers of pathogen resistance in maize.
Founded in 2006 through a grant provided by South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology, CPGR will contribute significantly to biotechnology in South Africa thereby helping to tackle many health problems faced by the country, as well as being a source of information about genomics for the public at large. It is hoped that public engagement and education about genomics and proteomics will assist in establishing adequate regulatory and evaluation systems for genomic and proteomic technologies (see keynote address by Minister Mangena).