Africa's Untapped Trove of Genetic Data

Africa is home to the most genetically diverse population in the world. Yet just 2% of genetic materials used in pharmaceutical research comes from the continent; 90% comes from Caucasians.
Abasi Ene-Obong is looking to change that with 54gene, the first biobank of African DNA. He believes the African continent is an untapped trove of medical discoveries—genetic mutations found in an African populations have already led to the discovery of osteoporosis and cholesterol drugs, for example.
54gene is currently focused on collecting genetic material in Nigeria from patients with a select few diseases including cancer and sickle cell anemia.

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