The Massive, Overlooked Potential of African DNA – Wired October 1, 2019

I saw this article on https://brucelandonblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/02/https-www-wired-com-story-the-massive-overlooked-potential-of-african-dna/. The original article can be found on Wired: https://www.wired.com/story/the-massive-overlooked-potential-of-african-dna/.

When evening falls on a solar-panel-clad building outside the Nigerian city of Lagos, its generators roar to life. The electrical grid here is unpredictable, and the company that works out of the building, 54gene, isn’t taking any chances. Losing power, even for a few hours, isn’t an option when you’re housing thousands of tubes of blood and spit at a stable –80 degrees Celsius.

Around the world, tissue and blood banks have sprung up to catalog human DNA’s many mysteries. But not in Africa. About 80 percent of the human DNA used in genetic studies comes from people of European descent. When researchers survey vast numbers of genomes to unearth a disease’s genetic causes, they use almost no African data. Pharmaceutical companies, too, develop new drugs based overwhelmingly on the genomes of white people. That’s why 54gene has been amassing DNA samples in its industrial-grade freezers. The genomic revolution has left Africa behind.

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Here’s the website for 54gene: https://www.54gene.com/.

 

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