African Data for African Scientists

The recent wave of genomics research has scientists flocking to Africa to collect data, and African scientists are angling to keep more of that data on home soil, and ensure it benefits Africans.

Not many African institutions have the equipment to manage large genomic data sets, so foreign scientists return home to analyze their data and international partners hold the negotiating cards, writes Linda Nordling.

To tackle “helicopter” science, this week a group of African scientists rolled out voluntary ethics guidelines for handling genomics study samples. H3Africa's guidelines say African samples should yield “meaningful and substantive” contributions by African scientists.


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