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.
Paving way for virus-like DNA nanodevices that diagnose disease and make drugs
A nanodevice - inspired by how viruses make themselves invisible to the immune system - has successfully completed its pilot mission, paving the way for smart DNA nanorobots.
Gene within gene drives acute myeloid leukemia, says new study
A study of the gene BAALC and the smaller gene miR-3151 embedded within it finds the smaller one is the major driver of acute myeloid leukemia and not its better-known host.
Malfunction in molecular 'proofreader' prevents repair of UV-induced DNA damage
Malfunctions in the molecular "proofreading" machinery, which repairs structural errors in DNA caused by ultraviolet (UV) light damage, help explain why people who have the disease xeroderma...
When bad news is good news for neurodegenerative diseases - 'anticipation' discovered in familial amyloid polyneuropathy
Some genetic diseases caused by an abnormal repeat in the DNA are known to become more severe with each new generation - this dreadful trait is called anticipation.
Link uncovered between Down syndrome and leukemia
Although doctors have long known that people with Down syndrome have a heightened risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) during childhood, they haven't been able to explain why.
As genomic medicine expands, computational method dramatically speeds up estimates of gene expression
With gene expression analysis growing in importance for both basic researchers and medical practitioners, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Maryland have developed a new...
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.