Latest articles on 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.

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