Results for genome sequencing


Genetic make-up of destructive crop pest unravelled
Genetic make-up of destructive crop pest unravelledArticle

Researchers have decoded the genetic make-up of whitefly species that spread plant diseases and damage crops, raising hopes for tackling the devastating pest...

Stephanie Achieng' 26 Mar 2021

Study: SA variant could have emerged in E Cape after first wave
Study: SA variant could have emerged in E Cape after first waveArticle

The Covid-19 strain, known as the South African variant, that became dominant in the country towards the end of 2020 may have emerged from the coast of the Eastern Cape after the first wave of pandemic. ..

18 Mar 2021

Professor Christian Happi, director of the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, displays one of the most advanced automated acid extractors being used in the laboratory. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images
Nigeria needs innovation and science investment to help control Covid-19Article

Nigeria, like other African countries, wasn't spared from the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. To overcome this challenge, countries have been advised to keep testing, treating and isolating to reduce infections...

Christian Happi & Ifeyinwa Aniebo 28 Oct 2020

Nigerian scientists are working to better understand coronavirus. African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Disease
Nigerian scientists have identified seven lineages of SARS-CoV-2: why it mattersArticle

By the first week of August 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic had caused about 654,000 deaths worldwide...

Christian Happi 7 Sep 2020

Dr Keith Cloete
Signs that Western Cape is over its Covid-19 peakArticle

There are early signs that the Western Cape may have crested the Covid-19 curve, even though restrictions have been eased and more economic activity has resumed...

Nicci Botha 30 Jul 2020

Genomic sequencing can help in understanding viruses. Gio.tto/Shutterstock
Africa joins the race to trace Covid-19 with genomicsArticle

One important aspect of managing emerging infections is identifying chains of transmission and assigned cases to clusters of infection...

Peter van Heusden 20 Apr 2020

It’s important for scientists to have the most thorough understanding of HIV. Shutterstock
What the discovery of a new HIV strain means for the pandemicArticle

The discovery of a rare new strain of HIV for the first time in nearly 20 years recently made headlines around the world...

Linda-Gail Bekker 7 Feb 2020

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Genetic secrets of almost 2,700 cancers unveiled by landmark international projectArticle

Scientists have revealed the detailed genetic makeup of thousands of cancer samples, yielding new insights into the genes that drive the many and varied forms of the disease...

Melissa Southey 6 Feb 2020

We are using computer models to fight drug resistanceArticle

The infectious disease burden in Africa is very high, particularly for tuberculosis (TB), malaria and HIV/Aids...

Ozlem Tastan Bishop 13 Dec 2019

What we've learnt from building Africa's biggest genome libraryArticle

The human genome was first sequenced in 2003 by multiple research centres across the world. The breakthrough was hailed as the dawn of a new era...

Deepti Gurdasani, Ayesha Motala, Pontiano Kaleebu & Segun Fatumo 4 Dec 2019

Genome sequencing reveals new HIV strainArticle

Next-generation genome sequencing has played a significant role in identifying a new subtype of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), HIV-1 Group M, subtype L, a new study shows...

7 Nov 2019

Mycobacterium tuberculosis under the microscope.
SU researchers study resistance to 'protect' new TB drugArticle

Scientists from Stellenbosch University (SU), in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians, are working on how Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB), can develop resistance to Bedaquiline...

3 Jun 2019

Personalised medicine aims to tailor treatment according to each person’s genetic makeup. Shutterstock
Why African countries need to give genomic research a major boostArticle

All organisms are unique. Each having a set of genetic instructions for their build-up and maintenance. This set of genetic instructions is contained in genes that makeup a genome...

Lamech Mwapagha 30 Jan 2019

Tweaking just a few genes in wild plants can create new food crops
Tweaking just a few genes in wild plants can create new food cropsArticle

The crops we rely on today have been bred over thousands of years to enhance certain characteristics...

James Hereward and Caitlin Curtis 24 Oct 2018

Euan Ashley. Photo: Steve Fisch
Hundreds of patients with undiagnosed diseases find answersArticle

A network of doctors that aims to diagnose mystery diseases has named 31 newly identified conditions and diagnosed more than 100 previously unsolved cases, according new study...

18 Oct 2018

AI: The Florence Nightingale of the 21st century?
AI: The Florence Nightingale of the 21st century?Article

Florence Nightingale, aka the lady with the lamp, is the recognised founder of nursing, and the first to link poor sanitary conditions and high mortality rates in hospitals...

Simon Kos 22 Aug 2018

The risk of listeriosis lingers
The risk of listeriosis lingersArticle

Product-related risk is one of the biggest perils facing businesses today, with significant amount of increased recalls revealing the potential for larger and more complex losses in the past decade...

Catia Folgore 16 Jul 2018

WHO offers regional support in listeriosis crisis
WHO offers regional support in listeriosis crisisArticle

The possibility of listeriosis spreading beyond South Africa's borders has prompted the World Health Organisation (WHO) to offer preparedness and response support to 16 African nations...

10 Apr 2018

Rainbow Chicken polony cleared of deadly listeria bacteria
Rainbow Chicken polony cleared of deadly listeria bacteriaArticle

The national health department has confirmed the Listeria bacteria found at the Rainbow Chicken polony factory is not the ST6 strain that caused 91% of cases...

Katharine Child 28 Mar 2018

Tiger Brands gives update on Listeria testing results
Tiger Brands gives update on Listeria testing resultsArticle

Tiger Brands has received two sets of independent laboratory testing results confirming the presence of Listeria at its ready-to-eat chilled process meat production facilities...

20 Mar 2018

Professor Glenda Gray, president of the SAMRC
The continent's first genomics centre paves the way for Afrocentric medicineArticle

When it opens its doors in mid-2018, the African Genomics Centre - a first for the continent - will be capable of conducting large-scale studies on whole genome sequencing...

15 Feb 2018

Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi
Listeria contaminated abattoir to remain closedArticle

While it cannot be proven to be the source of the current Listeriosis outbreak, a chicken abattoir will remain closed "in the best interest of public health"...

9 Jan 2018

Defective product risk is an increasing peril for companies
Defective product risk is an increasing peril for companiesArticle

Tougher regulation, global supply chains, materials from fewer suppliers and consumer awareness are contributing to a rise in recalls, says Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty (AGCS) report...

5 Dec 2017

Professor Vanessa Hayes, head of the Human Comparative and Prostate Cancer Genomics Laboratory at the Garvan Institute
Exposing the prostate cancer genome through mappingArticle

The entire genome of a prostate cancer tumour has been mapped for the first time...

21 Apr 2017

DNA rice breakthrough raises 'green revolution' hopes
DNA rice breakthrough raises 'green revolution' hopesArticle

LOS BANOS, PHILIPPINES: Rice-growing techniques learned through thousands of years of trial and error are about to be turbocharged with DNA technology in a breakthrough hailed by scientists as a potential second "green revolution"...

16 Feb 2016

Survival of the fittest: how brain tumours adapt through complex ecosystems
Survival of the fittest: how brain tumours adapt through complex ecosystemsArticle

Despite advances in medical technology and a constantly evolving understanding of the mechanisms of cancer progression, researchers and clinicians are faced with a litany of challenges along the road to finding a cure for the most aggressive forms of cancer....

Darren Ó hAilín 6 Jul 2015

The dawn of medical cities
The dawn of medical citiesArticle

Within our lifetime, the global population is set to grow and change demographics at a rate unseen by previous generations. This puts enormous pressures on all industries, but specifically health care...

John Raspin 25 Mar 2015

[FutureTech] Insight into technology's role in your life - now and in the future
[FutureTech] Insight into technology's role in your life - now and in the futureArticle

When a conference programme mentions 'zombie zoology' and 'the nature of dark energy', you know it's going to be a goodie. 'Altered Realities', presented by Popular Mechanics, didn't disappoint...

Leigh Andrews 14 Oct 2014

Researchers decode genome of African coelacanth
Researchers decode genome of African coelacanthArticle

Researchers from institutions including Harvard University, the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the South African National Bioinformatics Institute within University of the Western Cape (UWC) and Rhodes University (RU), have decoded the genome of the African coelacanth.

23 Apr 2013

Skin cells reveal DNA's genetic mosaic
Skin cells reveal DNA's genetic mosaicArticle

The prevailing wisdom has been that every cell in the body contains identical DNA. However, a new study of stem cells derived from the skin has found that genetic variations are widespread in the body's tissues, a finding with profound implications for genetic screening, according to Yale School of Medicine researchers.

Karen N. Peart 19 Nov 2012

Study will help our genetic understanding of dangerous new viruses
Study will help our genetic understanding of dangerous new virusesArticle

Scientists studying the genes and proteins of human cells infected with a common cold virus have identified a new gene identification technique that could increase the genetic information we hold on animals by around 70 to 80%. The findings, published in Nature Methods, could revolutionise our understanding of animal genetics and disease, and improve our knowledge of dangerous viruses such as SARS that jump the species barrier from animals to humans.

13 Nov 2012

Genome sequencing identifies variants possibly linked to childhood asthma
Genome sequencing identifies variants possibly linked to childhood asthmaArticle

The first comprehensive sequencing study of the protein coding regions of the genome in a family with both asthmatic and non-asthmatic members has identified several variants that may contribute to the potentially debilitating condition.

22 Oct 2012

Ten new diabetes gene links offer picture of biology underlying diseaseArticle

Ten more DNA regions linked to type 2 diabetes have been discovered by an international team of researchers, bringing the total to over 60.

5 Sep 2012

Cancer genes differ in different parts of a tumour
Cancer genes differ in different parts of a tumourArticle

Taking a sample from just one part of a tumour may not give a full picture of its 'genetic landscape', according to a landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last week.

15 Mar 2012

New test can precisely pinpoint food pathogensArticle

ITHACA, NY, USA: With salmonella-tainted ground turkey sickening more than 100 people and listeria-contaminated cantaloupes killing 15 this year, the ability to detect outbreaks of food-borne illness and determine their sources has become a top public health priority.

27 Oct 2011

New diagnostic tool proves cost-effective in identifying rare genetic disordersArticle

Mutations in a single gene can cause several types of developmental brain abnormalities that experts have traditionally considered different disorders. With support from the National Institutes of Health, researchers found those mutations through whole exome sequencing - a new gene scanning technology that cuts the cost and time of searching for rare mutations.

24 Aug 2010

Research may puzzle out HIV transmission by sexual contactArticle

The virus that causes AIDS may undergo changes in the genital tract that make HIV-1 in semen different from what it is in the blood, according to a study led by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

20 Aug 2010

New research project aims at understanding the genetic origins of childhood cancersArticle

Largest research project to date aimed at understanding the genetic origins of paediatric cancers

28 Jan 2010

Can IT fuel the race to the $1,000 human genome?Article

The impact of IT on next-generation DNA sequencing.

22 Apr 2008

Chinese scientists sequence first volunteer's genomeArticle

The Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) has sequenced the first Chinese volunteer's genome as part of a project to create a database of Asian genomes.

8 Jan 2008

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