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Queens of the jungle, Great Zimbabwe & My sister Robyn, one afternoon in the Karoo

Comparisons have long been made between women and lionesses – Mothers, protectors, providers; both queens in their own right.  The lioness represents the raw power of a woman: beautiful, caring, nurturing but also fiercely protective. However, the scientific link between humans and the cat family go … Continue readingQueens of the jungle, Great Zimbabwe & My sister Robyn, one afternoon in the Karoo

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LIFEBLOOD: Photography Exhibition by Samora Chapman: Visual Metaphors that Give Life Diversity, Durban, 24 Oct 2019

Lifeblood is a photography project by Samora Chapman in collaboration with the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) & Genomics Africa that highlights the diversity of humans, plants and animals in our mesmerizing corner of the world. The show was curated by Prof Tulio de Oliveira, Director of KRISP. … Continue readingLIFEBLOOD: Photography Exhibition by Samora Chapman: Visual Metaphors that Give Life Diversity, Durban, 24 Oct 2019

SAMRC RFA: Pharmacogenomics in Precision Medicine with Genomics Africa & DIPLOMICS labs, Deadline: 5 Nov 2019

The SAMRC, through its Strategic Health Innovation Partnership (SHIP) programme, is seeking to fund five highly collaborative projects in the areas of pharmacogenomics with reference to failure of treatments with drugs (or drug classes) for Non-Communicable diseases, specifically Hypertension, Cardiovascular, Diabetes and Cancer in (South) … Continue readingSAMRC RFA: Pharmacogenomics in Precision Medicine with Genomics Africa & DIPLOMICS labs, Deadline: 5 Nov 2019

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Conservation Genomics: Microbiome of Wild Animals in Africa: Including Buffalo, Zebra, Rhino, Abalones, Coral Reefs and even insects…

As part of Genomics Africa, we have validated microbiome sequencing in different samples of African wild animals. This include high-throughput application of Illumina and S5Ion 16S microbiome sequencing for many conservation projects. Many of the samples that we have processed at ARC, CPGR, KRISP and … Continue readingConservation Genomics: Microbiome of Wild Animals in Africa: Including Buffalo, Zebra, Rhino, Abalones, Coral Reefs and even insects…

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Decoding the South African Indian Genome for Diabetes and Heart Disease Health Risk

Diabetes is a growing problem in South Africa, but South African Indians are at three times the risk of other race groups. What is more, Diabetes and Ischaemic Heart disease occur at least a decade younger in Indians than in other populations in South Africa. Both … Continue readingDecoding the South African Indian Genome for Diabetes and Heart Disease Health Risk

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SAMRC funds KRISP & Oxford to Sequence Children Genomes that are Protected from HIV in Africa

This study plans to sequence and analyze large number of genomes on the African continent for the first time. In addition to identify genetics basis of protection to HIV, this project will set the benchmark for future genomic research in Africa by developing the whole … Continue readingSAMRC funds KRISP & Oxford to Sequence Children Genomes that are Protected from HIV in Africa

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New technologies in Africa: Opentrons Robotic Pipetting HackatHon, Durban, 20 July-3 August 2019

Hackathon to code Opentrons pipetting robots for DNA amplicons and libraries for Sanger, Illumina & ONT Minion sequencing. Opentrons are open-source pipetting robots for biologists. Flexible, accessible & affordable lab robots allow life scientists to do more science & less pipetting. Programming of the robots … Continue readingNew technologies in Africa: Opentrons Robotic Pipetting HackatHon, Durban, 20 July-3 August 2019

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New Technologies in Africa: A Rapid, Reliable and Cost-effective HIV-1 Genotyping Service

KRISP, Applied Biosystems and Thermo Fisher Scientific collaborate to bring Africa one step closer to realizing the 90-90-90 target by introducing a rapid, reliable and cost-effective HIV-1 genotyping service in Africa. As part of the introduction, we are running a promotion of ZAR800 (US$ 55) … Continue readingNew Technologies in Africa: A Rapid, Reliable and Cost-effective HIV-1 Genotyping Service

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New Technologies in Africa: Microbiome and Metagenomics Sequencing with Illumina and Nanopore

We have setup 16S protocols for microbiome analysis and pan-viral metagenomic protocols. Furthermore, we have completed hundreds of projects. This include producing microbiome data from vaginal, gut, faeces, tissues and even lymphnodes samples (including human and animals from Zebras to Zebrafish). We have also pilot … Continue readingNew Technologies in Africa: Microbiome and Metagenomics Sequencing with Illumina and Nanopore

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New Technologies in Africa: High-Throughput and Affordable Sanger Sequencing Services in Africa

This equipment has 96 capillaries and it is able to sequence 2,500 amplicons a day. The novel model of the ABI3730xl is part of a new generation of Sanger Sequencers released in 2019. As part of the introduction, we are running a promotion of US$ 1.6 … Continue readingNew Technologies in Africa: High-Throughput and Affordable Sanger Sequencing Services in Africa

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