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QUT Distinguished Professor James Dale’s ‘superbanana’ one of the world’s best inventions in 2014

QUT’s Distinguished Professor James Dale was recently recognised for his ‘Superbanana’ as one of the world’s 25 best inventions in 2014 by Time magazine.

Distinguished Professor James Dale developed provitamin A-enriched bananas for Uganda, soon to be in human clinical trials.
Distinguished Professor James Dale developed provitamin A-enriched bananas for Uganda, soon to be tested in human clinical trials.

Professor Dale was travelling to Uganda in early 2000’s when he found out that over 30% children under the age of 5 are under the risk of going blind whilst also suffering other conditions. This is largely related to a lack of A vitamin, but what if a banana, which is a part of their staple diet could be filled with this important vitamin. With help from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Professor Dale and his team developed a vitamin enriched ‘superbanana’. “This banana could potentially solve a major health problem”, said Professor Dale.

More information about Professor James Dale’s ‘superbanan’ invention.

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