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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South African tourism to be hit hard by coronavirus

The stream of about 100 000 Chinese tourists to South Africa each year has dried up for now, MPs told

Public transport inequality

The Competition Commission’s market inquiry reveals that South Africa’s public transport system remains skewed by class, advantaging middle- and high-income earners

Court date finally set for death in detention Haffejee inquest

Another apartheid-era death will be investigated after NPA pressured to finally act

Press Releases

South Africa’s education system is broken and unequal, and must be fixed without further delay

The Amnesty International report found that the South African government continues to miss its own education upgrading targets

Business travel industry generates billions

Meetings Africa is ready to take advantage of this lucrative opportunity

Conferences connect people to ideas

The World Expo and Meetings Africa are all about stimulating innovation – and income

SAB Zenzele Kabili B-BBEE share scheme

New scheme to be launched following the biggest B-BBEE FMCG payout in South Africa’s history

TFSAs are the gymnasts of the retirement savings world

The idea is to get South Africans to save, but it's best to do your research first to find out if a TFSA is really suited to your needs

Achieving the litmus test of social relevance

The HSS Awards honours scholarly works based on their social relevance and contribution to the humanities and social sciences

Making sense of tax-free savings and investment

Have you made the most of your tax-free investment contributions?

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.