NGS-SA: News about our genomics, epidemiology and surveillance work on COVID-19

Nature’s 10: Ten people who helped shape science in 2021

Nature - 2021-12-15

An Omicron investigator, a Mars explorer and an AI ethics pioneer are some of the people behind the year’s big research stories. The Nature’s 10 list explores key developments in science this year and some of the people who played important parts in these milestones. Along with their colleagues,...

The Variant Hunters: Inside South Africa’s Effort to Stanch Dangerous Mutations.

The New York Times - 2021-12-06

Scientists in a cutting-edge laboratory at CERI and KRISP do part of the work. Local health workers on foot do the rest. Front Page NYTimes Sunday edition paper covering our work.

How South African Researchers Identified the Omicron Variant of COVID

New Yorker - 2021-11-30

Little is known about the Omicron variant, which was first detected in Southern Africa, but the nature of its mutations and its seemingly rapid emergence have concerned governments around the world. Interview with Prof. Tulio de Oliveira at the New Yorker.

BBC Take: Three people across Africa who made a difference in 2021

BBC - 2021-11-29

What do a seaweed farmer from Tanzania, a scientist in South Africa and a Senegalese influencer all have in common? The BBC's Malu Cursino looks back at how Kaije, Tulio de Oliveira and Khaby made their mark in 2021.

CERI: Why genomic sequencing is crucial in COVID-19 response

WHO - 2021-10-04

Cape Town - In December 2020, South Africa detected the Beta variant and in May 2021 the Delta variant, thanks to robust genomic surveillance. Professor Tulio De Oliveira, a renowned bioinformatician who identified the Beta variant, explains the criticality of genomic sequencing. Professor...