Genetics

Nigerian town is ‘twins capital’ of the world

The town recently hosted its second festival, attracting hundreds of sets of twins dressed in traditional clothes

Our starch cravings date back to cave dwellers

​Starches have been dietary staples for even longer than we thought

Science body pushes for better human genetics ethics guidelines

Forensic science was critical in convicting axe murderer Henri van Breda who killed his father, mother and brother in their upmarket home

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

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

New research proves society favours tall and skinny people

Tall men and thin women tend to be better educated, earn more and suffer less deprivation. And perceptions of health influence how we treat others.

The murky morality of biobanking

Human tissue could be a medical game changer, but thorny ethical roadblocks must be navigated.

Malaria gets its own barcode

Scientists have developed a tool for coding DNA that will help to monitor drug-resistant strains.

SA lights a torch in the genomic revolution

With the Southern African Human Genome Project, local scientists hope to grow our genetics research capabilities.

Scientists race to get ahead of mutating bird flu

Genetic sequence data on a strain of bird flu has shown the virus has acquired mutations that might make it more likely to cause a human pandemic.

Genomics crucial to drug safety

Intolerance for prescribed medication has been a common and sometimes deadly issue that genetic testing can solve, ­but privacy issues are a concern.

Y chromosome lacks evolutionary X factor

Although the chromosome is in mortal decline, it does not mean the demise of the human male.

Federal court upholds patenting on human genes

Federal courts have ruled that human genes can be patented, which could have big implications for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

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Tshwane water woes in court again

The municipality has been accused of deliberately derailing the contract to sort out toxic water crisis in Hammanskraal

Life in lockdown: Behind closed doors keeping out the coronavirus

South African students in China are staying behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak

Apartheid criminals still at large

Corporations and banks that aided the apartheid regime have not been brought to book, so they continue to act with impunity

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it