Ethical and legal implications of whole genome and whole exome sequencing in African populations

BMC Medical Ethics 14 (1):21 (2013)

Abstract
Rapid advances in high throughput genomic technologies and next generation sequencing are making medical genomic research more readily accessible and affordable, including the sequencing of patient and control whole genomes and exomes in order to elucidate genetic factors underlying disease. Over the next five years, the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Initiative, funded by the Wellcome Trust (United Kingdom) and the National Institutes of Health (United States of America), will contribute greatly towards sequencing of numerous African samples for biomedical research
Keywords African populations  Ethical  legal  and societal issues  Next generation sequencing  Whole genome and whole exome sequencing
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DOI 10.1186/1472-6939-14-21
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