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Ancient DNA holds a great deal of valuable information - but it must be researched ethically. © Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Why scholars have created global guidelines for ancient DNA research

Studying ancient DNA in Africa is valuable for understanding human evolution, population migrations, and human history locally, regionally and globally.
Vaccinating domestic dogs is a successful and cost-effective way to prevent rabies in dogs. Sarah Cleaveland

Vaccinating domestic dogs reduces rabies in the wild. Why this matters

Domestic dogs have been shown to be the only species necessary to maintain rabies across most of Africa. This means that dog vaccination should control the disease in all species.
Aerial view of the UK’s national synchrotron, Diamond Light Source Ltd (Diamond) on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, ©Diamond Light Source

Want to develop vaccines in Africa? Then invest in expertise and infrastructure

Making vaccines in South Africa by building on the foundation that’s been laid is possible. But only if substantial and sustained investment in human resources and infrastructure becomes a reality.

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