Tuesday, July 12, 2011

African Genomes

This popular piece takes a look at the unfortunate genomic situation in which we find ourselves: Africa is home to most of the world's genetic diversity as well as heaviest and most diverse disease burdens, yet most genomic sequencing efforts have focused on Europeans and North Americans. Two African-based genomics consortia are discussed - and both seem to be worth following in the future, especially with the idea of genomic sovereignty gaining ground in many parts of the world. This small group of sequencing centers may be where we have to look for any/all African genomic data in the future.

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