NWU researcher now member of African Academy of Sciences

A senior lecturer in the research focus area Human Metabolomics at the North-West University (NWU) was selected as an affiliate member of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) for the next five years.

Dr Rencia van der Sluis was selected from among young, promising African scientists who have demonstrated prowess in the development and application of science in Africa.

The process to identify AAS affiliates is a highly competitive one, with 40 candidates selected from 220 applications for the sixth cohort of AAS affiliates. There are currently 87 affiliates from 16 African countries across all disciplines.

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NWU research group contributes to international bird study

The North-West University’s (NWU’s) research on the genetic data of the nine lovebird species (genus Agapronis) that are native to Africa and Madagascar has been included in a comprehensive international bird study. 

This research has also led to a patent and the possible commercialisation of a genomic test developed by the NWU that will be of great value to parrot breeders and conservationists.

The Bird 10 000 (B10K) consortium’s paper that appears in the journal Nature: Dense sampling of bird diversity increases power of comparative genomics, by Feng, Stiller, Deng, Armstrong et al., was released on 11 November and includes contributions of more than 150 researchers from 125 institutions in 24 countries on various bird species. 

The NWU’s contribution on the genomics of lovebirds is based on the research of Dr Henriëtte van der Zwan.

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