Professor Kevin Naidoo, the SA Research Chair in Scientific Computing in the Department of Chemistry at UCT, and Dr Jahnshah Ashkani, also from the Department of Chemistry have identified genetic patterns for six common types of cancer - thereby opening up the path to early diagnosis and specialised treatment breakthroughs.
Animals caught on camera by amateur photographers and posted on the web could become an important new tool for studying evolution and other ecological questions, researchers from South Africa, including Dr Arjun Amar and his student Gabriella Leighton from the Department of Biological Sciences at UCT, have found. Their study, the first of its kind - was recently published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
In some animals, the same species can occur in two or more color types, or morphs. New research may help solve the mystery of how this can occur despite the pressures of evolution.
A team of astronomers from UCT and the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) has identified a rare star that exploded around 1 500 years ago. At the time, the star would have outshone all the stars of the Orion constellation, reaching a similar brightness to Jupiter in the night sky.