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2509, 2018

FMT, what’s the big stink about?

September 25th, 2018|Categories: News|

FMT, what’s the big stink about? Faecal Microbial Transplantations, a term which will have many scratching their heads thinking that this cannot possibly mean what it sounds like, let alone be a legitimate transplantation procedure – or even more surprising, is that it is a very successful one. Faecal Microbial Transplantations (FMT) or bacteriotherapy as it is sometimes known; is the process of transferring “stool from a healthy donor [...]

1809, 2018

It’s called adulteration, honey

September 18th, 2018|Categories: News|

It’s called adulteration, honey Adulterated honey, also known as fake honey is ‘honey’ which has been diluted with, or sometimes even created by using the following components: glucose, dextrose, molasses, sugar syrup, invert sugar, flour, corn syrup and starch, essentially anything other than the natural floral nectar that it is supposed to be comprised of. Adulterated honey is a substance that has more of an artificial influence then a [...]

1009, 2018

Manic cow: how biltong affects the brain

September 10th, 2018|Categories: News|

Manic cow: how biltong affects the brain Biltong is a firm South African family favourite consisting of dried, cured meat. It is preserved using sodium nitrite or potassium nitrate – also known as saltpetre as well as other flavourants such as pepper, coriander and spices such as cloves. Biltong’s origins can be traced back to the Khoisan people, as well as the European settlers of the 17th century. Each [...]

3008, 2018

The problematic poaching of Pangolins

August 30th, 2018|Categories: News|

The problematic poaching of Pangolins The practice of poaching is abhorrently prevalent across the world and across animal species and has been successful in endangering, if not obliterating entire species. South Africa’s national reserves have become home to poachers on the hunt for popular and pricey illegal exports: namely rhino horns, elephant tusks, big cat body parts and bones as well as pangolin scales. Although South Africa’s poaching is [...]

1708, 2018

‘Snow White’ syndrome: far from a fairy-tale

August 17th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

‘Snow White’ syndrome: far from a fairy-tale Resignation syndrome is an interesting and unique, relatively little-known dissociative syndrome that eventually “induces a catatonic state” in the sufferer. The syndrome is prevalent amongst young people; particularly those who have suffered a psychological trauma- the patients affected by the disorder predominantly live in Sweden and come from refugee or immigrant–based families, often those who have been faced with deportation or family [...]

308, 2018

What’s up with wasabi?

August 3rd, 2018|Categories: News|

What’s up with wasabi? Wasabi, also known officially as wasabia japonica, Japanese horseradish, or more traditionally ワサビ, is a plant that shares common traits with horseradish, cabbage and mustard, as they come from the same plant family, namely the Brassicaceae family. Wasabi has its origin in Japan and usually grows alongside rocky, water-rich areas such as mountain river valleys as well as streams. Wasabi has long been a part of [...]

2307, 2018

Maddening Misophonia

July 23rd, 2018|Categories: News|

Maddening Misophonia Crunching, slurping, chewing, coughing, chomping, gulping and even breathing loudly are just some of a plethora of onomatopoeia that can trigger a feeling of anger and intense annoyance at the source of the maddening sound. These sounds can be enough to make your blood boil, but you can take comfort in the fact that you are far from alone in these sentiments. However, what it does mean [...]

1607, 2018

The many moons of Jupiter

July 16th, 2018|Categories: News|

The many moons of Jupiter Jupiter is one of the most renowned planets in our solar system, often attributed to the fact that it is also the largest one in the solar system. It is the fifth planet from the sun, and although it is only one-thousandth the size of the sun, it is almost two and a half times bigger than all the other planets in the solar [...]

907, 2018

The future of fertility: Three parents, IVG & the CRISPR/Cas9

July 9th, 2018|Categories: News|

The future of fertility: Three parents, IVG & the CRISPR/Cas9 It is a generally acknowledged fact that in order for humans to successfully procreate, two different genetic contributors are required to ensure the inheritability of certain genomic traits. These necessary genetic contributions from two ‘parents’ or contributors can occur in multiple; ways both natural or through ‘assisted reproductive technology’ (ART) which includes In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). IVF is the [...]

707, 2018

Groundbreaking disruptive technology collaboration to save the Rhino

July 7th, 2018|Categories: University News|

Groundbreaking disruptive technology collaboration to save the Rhino People the world over as well as conservationists are fast becoming desperate and emotions are running high as the Rhino population is nearing extinction resulting from inhumane poaching.  Whilst the innocence of animals in the wildlife are battling the survival of the fittest, other factors on the rise are that humans are becoming avengers, inflicting harm on the unsuspected creatures of [...]

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