Is South African law locking progress?
By Yda van Aartsen
On 15 April 2013 it was reported that a researcher in the United States of America (USA), Dr Atala, announced that he had made a breakthrough in his research and is now able to grow an entire new organ requiring only a collagen frame filled with stem cells (Harold Maass 'Growing rat kidneys in a lab: Are human organs next?' (http://theweek.com/article/index/242746, accessed 31-1-2014)). Although this was achieved using a kidney from a rat, Dr Atala reported that this technique could be used to grow fully functional human organs from scratch. >>read more
Walking a fine line between crime prevention and protection of rights
By Russel Luck
The Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-related Information Act 70 of 2002 (RICA) advances the Interception and Monitoring Prohibition Act 127 of 1992. The preamble of RICA discusses, among other things, regulating the interception and monitoring of communications and the execution of directions and entry warrants by law enforcement officers. No express mention is made of crime prevention throughout the preamble, though it is implicit that the rationale behind RICA is to effectively prevent crime and prosecute criminals. >>read more