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May 28

Tsetse Genome Sequenced

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In another triumph for South African biomedical research, researchers at the South African Medical Research Council’s Bioinformatics Unit, South African Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI), with their international collaborators, have sequenced the tsetse fly genome. The International Glossina Genome Initiative (IGGI), including scientists at SANBI (led by Professor Alan Christoffels) have concluded a ten-year project on the …

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Mar 11

Researchers at SANBI facilitate low-cost HIV drug resistance testing

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The introduction of HIV antiretroviral (ARV) therapy programmes in Southern Africa has substantially reduced the burden of infection in HIV-positive individuals. In fact, the 2012 UNAIDS report estimates that as many as 14 million lives have been saved as a result of the rollout of such programmes throughout the world. There is, however, a problem …

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Nov 12

SANBI-UWC helps investigate health and heredity in Africa

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The first-ever pan-African research programme into disease and DNA was launched last month in Ethiopia, and scientists from the universities of the Western Cape, Cape Town, Witwatersrand, Pretoria, Limpopo, Rhodes and Stellenbosch are playing a starring role. The Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) project will unravel how Africans’ genes deal with illnesses such …

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