Science in Kenya

Working Backwards

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Working Backwards. In 2018 an international team including scientists from the Kenya Agriculture Livestock Research Organisation and the Kenya Veterinary Vaccine Production Institute used computer programs to analyze the DNA of the bacteria that causes bovine pleuropneumonia, or “lung plague.” With this information, the team reverse engineered a new, affordable, and easily stored vaccine that – once it passes its trials – could help combat a disease that costs 24 million small-scale African farmers over $60 million each year.

Mawazo Institute