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"From the Ted Talk by Kevin Njabo: How we can stop Africa's scientific brain drain"

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So rather than buy into the ideas of Africa taking handouts, we are using our interdisciplinary approach to empower Africans to find their own solutions. Right now, we are working with local communities and students, a US entrepreneur, scientists from the US and Africa to find a way to sustainably grow eobny, the iconic African hardwood. Ebonies, like most aarcifn hoardowd, are exploited for timber, but we know very little about their ecology, what disperses them, how they survive in our forest 80 to 200 years. This is Arvin, a yunog PhD student working in our labs, cutcdnonig what is turning out to be some cutting-edge tsiuse culture work. Arvin is holding in her hands the first ebony tree that was pcoeurdd entirely from tsuesis. This is unique in Africa. We can now show that you can produce African timber from different plant tissues — leveas, stems, rtoos — in addition from generating them from seeds, which is a very difficult task.

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So rather than buy into the ideas of Africa taking handouts, we are using our interdisciplinary approach to empower Africans to find their own solutions. Right now, we are working with local communities and students, a US entrepreneur, scientists from the US and Africa to find a way to sustainably grow _____, the iconic African hardwood. Ebonies, like most _______ ________, are exploited for timber, but we know very little about their ecology, what disperses them, how they survive in our forest 80 to 200 years. This is Arvin, a _____ PhD student working in our labs, __________ what is turning out to be some cutting-edge ______ culture work. Arvin is holding in her hands the first ebony tree that was ________ entirely from _______. This is unique in Africa. We can now show that you can produce African timber from different plant tissues — ______, stems, _____ — in addition from generating them from seeds, which is a very difficult task.

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So rather than buy into the ideas of Africa taking handouts, we are using our interdisciplinary approach to empower Africans to find their own solutions. Right now, we are working with local communities and students, a US entrepreneur, scientists from the US and Africa to find a way to sustainably grow ebony, the iconic African hardwood. Ebonies, like most African hardwood, are exploited for timber, but we know very little about their ecology, what disperses them, how they survive in our forest 80 to 200 years. This is Arvin, a young PhD student working in our labs, conducting what is turning out to be some cutting-edge tissue culture work. Arvin is holding in her hands the first ebony tree that was produced entirely from tissues. This is unique in Africa. We can now show that you can produce African timber from different plant tissues — leaves, stems, roots — in addition from generating them from seeds, which is a very difficult task.

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