Returning incidental findings in African genomics research

Ancestral and geographical issues underlie the need to develop Africa-specific guidelines for the return of genomics research results in Africa. In this Commentary, we outline the challenges that will inform policies and practices in the future.

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Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the NIH Common Fund H3Africa Initiative award U54HG009790 to A.W. and J.D.V.; award U01 HG008226-01 to J.D.V.; Wellcome Trust/AAS ref. H3A/18/001 to A.W.; and US NIH awards U01HG009716 and U01HG007459, and NIH/NHLBI U24HL135600 to A.W. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript.

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Wonkam, A., de Vries, J. Returning incidental findings in African genomics research. Nat Genet 52, 17–20 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41588-019-0542-4

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