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  • New study finds today’s gorillas may be smarter than human ‘ancestors’ of three million years ago

    Posted on November 13, 2019

    The great apes, including humans, gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans, are very intelligent. But how does the intelligence of living great apes, such as Koko the gorilla, compare with our 3 million-year-old relatives, such as “Lucy” the Australopithecine?

  • New breast cancer research shows promise for the future

    Posted on July 30, 2018

    A major challenge in cancer research is to find agents that target cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells alone and unharmed. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments can have many undesirable side effects because they damage healthy cells as well.

  • Research explores the social life of one of Africa's most iconic animals

    Posted on September 20, 2017

    Giraffes are now listed as a threatened species, and it is said that there are currently fewer giraffes than elephants in Africa. Research taking place at the University of Pretoria, will ensure a greater understanding of this species.

  • Africa Science Leadership Programme announces a second round

    Posted on March 04, 2016

    Twenty-two outstanding scientists from major regions in Africa will participate in the second round of the Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP). The scientists represent basic and applied sciences, and span a wide variety of disciplines including the social sciences and humanities. The...

  • 9th Summer-School - Non-invasive Monitoring of Hormones

    Posted on February 03, 2016

    The course is suitable to colleagues/students who are not familiar with non-invasive techniques and will allow participants to gain practical experience in techniques of non-invasive endocrine monitoring including sample workup preparation, performance of enzyme immunoassays (EIA), data...

  • Searching for the dirty truth

    Posted on August 20, 2015

    The Endocrine Research Laboratory (ERL), in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, has established numerous non-invasive tests for a wide range of species.

  • The pangolin’s plight

    Posted on July 01, 2015

    Dr Christine Steyn, of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, is one of only a few people doing research on the anatomy of this shy animal.

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