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Infographic: Back into Africa

Studies into DNA and genetics have shown that the human race is more connected than previously thought. This is because migration out of Africa about 60 000 years ago was not in a single direction. There was a second wave of movement back into Africa that started about 3 000 years ago.

KhoiSan origin tells us 'race' has no place in human ancestry

KhoiSan origin tells us ‘race’ has no place in human ancestry

Evidence suggests that sub-Saharan human populations retain genetic bits and pieces of DNA from non-KhoiSan primordial humans. If DNA samples were compared from humans around the world, the relationship would look more like a chain link, rather than a tree that branches out.

DNA detective work could end poaching

The work by a team of scientists could mark the beginning of the end of elephant poaching. Using DNA from dung and seized ivory, they were able to locate and isolate poaching hotspots in Africa to two main regions.

SA to step up fight against rhino killers

Wildlife experts trained in rhino forensics

African and East Asian wildlife experts gathered for a workshop in South Africa on Monday to be trained in the identification of rhinoceros horns, DNA sampling of horns and wildlife crime scene investigation.

Rhinos in Boucher’s safe hands

Retired Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has gloved up for rhinos – the cricket star has decided to devote his time to rhino activism as South Africa battles with escalating poaching figures.
• Using technology to fight poaching

What makes you a true South African?

South Africans have differing opinions of themselves, good and bad, but what if there was a way to measure how those opinions could be used to further the potential of the country’s people, diverse as they are?

South African rhinos off to Zambia

DNA kits to help combat rhino poachers

South African National Parks has received 1 000 DNA kits from the University of Pretoria to ensure effective prosecution of rhino poachers. The kits will allow for horns found in possession of poachers to be linked with animal carcasses.

Forensic kit to help ID rapists

A kit that can help identify male rapists has been developed by researchers under the leadership of Prof Sean Davidson at the forensic DNA laboratory at the University of the Western Cape.
Giant leap for science in Ethiopia

Cycads to be saved by DNA

South Africa’s rare and sought-after cycads are to be protected by a new DNA barcoding initiative that will help clamp down on illicit trade in the endangered plants.

Cycads to be saved by DNA

South Africa’s rare and sought-after cycads are to be protected by a new DNA barcoding initiative that will help clamp down on illicit trade in the endangered plants.

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