Coelacanth genome surfaces

An international team of researchers from institutions such as Broad Institute at MIT/Harvard, the South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and Rhodes University (RU) has decoded the genome of a creature whose evolutionary history is both enigmatic and illuminating: the African coelacanth. A sea-cave dwelling, five-foot long […]

SANBI-UWC helps investigate health and heredity in Africa

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 […]