1. Develop a roadmap for research and practice of ethics of genomic research in Africa. Africa is on the threshold of the genomics revolution with emerging plans to increase training and research capacity in African genomics. This needs urgent proposals to develop an ethical training and research framework for gene-ethics in Africa.
Ethics and Genomics Research in Africa (EAGER-AFRICA) Conference 2011 has come and gone but the impact will stay with us always. The website afford us the oppotunity of reliving the incredible time we had together through pictures and video, you can also download workshop slides online.
What does 'a healthy human' look like? Google want to know
Google - working with teams from Stanford and Duke Universities - have embarked on an ambitious data-mining project to define the genetic components of good health.
Scientists discover genetic switch that can prevent peripheral vascular disease in mice
Millions of people in the United States have a circulatory problem of the legs called peripheral vascular disease. It can be painful and may even require surgery in serious cases.
Cancer can be driven by epigenetic changes
Cancer has long been thought to be primarily a genetic disease, but in recent decades scientists have come to believe that epigenetic changes - which don't change the DNA sequence but how it is...
Genetics involved with menarche may hold keys to preventing diabetes or osteoporosis in later life
A novel study shows that the age girls reach puberty is influenced by 'imprinted genes' - a subset of genes whose activity differs depending on which parent contributes the gene.
A possible future therapy for obesity and diabetes via manipulation of key protein in the brain
A protein that controls when genes are switched on or off plays a key role in specific areas of the brain to regulate metabolism, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found.
Six new genetic risk factors for Parkinson's identified using gene chip
A gene chip called NeuroX has helped researchers to identify 24 gene variants - six of which are newly discovered - that increase a person's risk of developing Parkinson's disease.
The Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Initiative aims to facilitate a contemporary research approach to the study of genomics and environmental determinants of common diseases with the goal of improving the health of African populations. To accomplish this, the H3Africa Initiative aims to create and support the development of the necessary expertise among African scientists, and to establish networks of African investigators. It is envisaged that studies performed in the H3Africa Initiative will inform subsequent strategies to address more broadly health inequities in both communicable and non-communicable diseases eventually leading to health benefits in Africa.