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Colourized scanning electron micrograph of a cell heavily infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles. (The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/Flickr)

Know your target: Fundamental science will lead us to coronavirus vaccines

Fundamental research has informed what we know about coronaviruses up until the pandemic. With possible future outbreaks, continuing and developing this type of work is crucial.

What we’ve learnt from building Africa’s biggest genome library

Africa is known to be where humans originated. This makes it the most genetically diverse region in the world. Diversity in other populations represents a subset of the diversity within Africa.
As genes are favored or phased out, human evolution continues. ktsdesign/

Evolutionary geneticists spot natural selection happening now in people

Comparing genomes of more than 200,000 people, researchers identified genetic variants that are less common in older people, suggesting natural selection continues to weed out disadvantageous traits.
Scientific evidence shows overwhelmingly that people across the world are genetic refugees from Africa. Shutterstock

How science has been abused through the ages to promote racism

Despite science refuting the existence of different human races, people have used "race" throughout history to divide and denigrate certain people while promoting their claims of superiority.

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