Science in Kenya

The Matatu Map

In 2015 Kenya’s matatus became the first informal transit system in the world to have an online map when a team from the University of Nairobi worked with its international partners to begin Digital Matatus.

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Timeless Tools

In 2015 a team of international researchers excavating at the Lomweki 3 site in West Turkana unearthed the 3.3 million-year-old stone tools that remain the oldest ever discovered.

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Whales and Walking

In 2015, Kenyan paleontologist Frederick Manthi was part of the team that analysed the newly rediscovered fossil of a beaked whale originally found 30 years earlier in West Turkana.

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A Different Direction

In 2018, archaeologists at the National Museums of Kenya worked with a team of international researchers to discover East Africa’s earliest and largest example of monumental architecture.

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Explaining Anemia

In 1949 Anthony Allison, a South-African doctor raised in Kenya, was studying blood samples from Kikuyu, Luo, and Masai people when he first noticed the correlation between malaria resistance and carrying the sickle cell gene.

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Working Backwards

In 2018 an international team including scientists from the Kenya Agriculture Livestock Research Organisation used computer programs to analyze the DNA of the bacteria that causes bovine pleuropneumonia, or “lung plague.”

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