Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek is known as “The Gateway to Endless Opportunities” and that’s certainly how Paulus Kapolo, senior technologist at the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at the University of Namibia is endeavoring to keep it. He and his colleagues have been working with local mechanics businesses to solve for current oil contamination and prevent future ones. Kapolo is harnessing an inexpensive approach to bioremediation that is also environmentally friendly—"we are planning to treat [contaminated areas] with microbes in a controlled environment so that we'll reclaim the soil structure again.”
Equipped with a donated PCR machine that replaced his lab’s outdated one, Kapolo can continue his work towards ensuring healthy soil and a cleaner city. You can donate and be an instrument of change, too, by trading up your thermal cycler to help global science thrive.
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