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Ethics of exploring the microbiome of native peoples

Nature Microbiology volume 1, Article number: 16097 (2016) | Download Citation

Microbiomes of native peoples could provide constituents to improve our health. Research must be conducted ethically and native peoples appropriately rewarded. However, sharing our medical practice risks spoiling these microbial oases and could lead to the same disease risks that we are trying to prevent.

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  1. New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York, 10016, USA.

    • Maria G. Dominguez-Bello
  2. Dorobo Safaris Tanzanian ecotourism, Lake Eyasi, Tanzania.

    • Daudi Peterson
  3. Instituto de Medicina Tropical, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas 1051, Venezuela.

    • Oscar Noya-Alarcon
  4. Amazonic Center for Research and Control of Tropical Diseases (CAICET), Puerto Ayacucho 7101, Venezuela.

    • Oscar Noya-Alarcon
  5. ACOANA Conservation Association, Caracas, 1050, Venezuela.

    • Mariapia Bevilacqua
  6. Leader members from the Yekwana village of Kanadakuni, Upper Caura, Bolivar State, Venezuela.

    • Nelson Rojas
    • , Rómulo Rodríguez
    •  & Saul Alango Pinto
  7. Hadza villager from Lake Eyasi, central Rift Valley, Tanzania.

    • Richard Baallow
  8. Department of Anthropology, Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC), Caracas 1020A, Venezuela.

    • Hortensia Caballero-Arias

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https://doi.org/10.1038/nmicrobiol.2016.97