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Do you have to take the Covid-19 vaccine or not?

The South African law does not make it mandatory for citizens to be vaccinated, and the same will apply for Covid-19 immunisation. But experts say people still have the responsibility not to act recklessly — and they should follow Covid-19 health protocols

Forensic science: The danger of relying on a single piece of evidence

Is the evidence used to convict criminals always based on sufficient facts or data? Leletu Tonisi from the Wits Justice Project examines some of the flaws in the system

Covid vaccines: Hope balanced with caution

As Covid vaccines near the manufacturing stage, a look at two polio vaccines provides valuable historical insights

Rare Gabon burial cave reveals clues to African history

There are 30 skeletons in the Iroungou cave, and carbon dating has shown they are from the 14th century. It is only the second cave burial site to be unearthed on the continent

Africa’s genetic material is still being misused

Legislation as well as academic research governance bodies have failed to safeguard the rights of participants from Africa in genomics research.

A moratorium will not address ethical concerns about gene editing

If we take our commitment to the liberty of the individual seriously, we must accept that people should be allowed to use this technology

Gene editing is risky, but it is worth it

By embarking on this new and daunting path, we are taking on incredible new responsibility

Want your eggs black or white?

The fertility industry and technology are raising difficult questions about race

How biobanks can help improve the integrity of scientific research

Most biobanks, whether small or large, have high quality assurance and control measures in place

Scientist launches hunt for Loch Ness ‘monster DNA’

The last reported sighting was on March 26 this year by a US couple standing on the ramparts of the ruin of Urquhart Castle

Mining joy from anxiety’s depths

That nagging fear may cause you to fall apart, but it may also serve as a call to action

Hunt for the octopus from space

Let us entertain the notion — if only for a moment — that cephalopods may be from space. How would we go about testing the hypothesis?

Ancient DNA changes everything we know about the evolution of elephants

DNA studies reveal that African elephants belong to a very successful and widespread family

Ancient DNA research makes important addition to our understanding of human history

Modern humans have been around a lot longer than was previously thought

How barcoding is helping South Africa track its precious pollinators

Almost one third of the food we eat comes from animal pollination, but understanding the plants and pollinators relationship isn’t straightforward.

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Covid-overflow hospital in ruins as SIU investigates

A high-level probe has begun into hundreds of millions of rand spent by the Gauteng health department to refurbish a hospital that is now seven months behind schedule – and lying empty

Pay-TV inquiry probes the Multichoice monopoly

Africa’s largest subscription television operator says it is under threat amid the emerging popularity of global platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime

​No apology or comfort as another Marikana mother dies without justice

Nomawethu Ma’Bhengu Sompeta, whose funeral will be held this weekend, was unequivocal in calling out the government for its response to the Marikana massacre

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