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Ethical considerations in genomic research in South Africa

J de Vries, N S Munung

Abstract


The conduct of genomic research in South Africa (SA) raises a number of ethical challenges that need to be addressed in its design and execution. These include, for example, considerations of consent, community engagement, stigmatisation, feedback of findings and ensuring that genomic research is of benefit to patients and researchers in SA. We provide an overview of the current debates on some of these issues and pointers for further reading.


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J de Vries, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

N S Munung, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

Ethics; Genomic research; South Africa

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South African Medical Journal 2019;109(6):375-377. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2019.v109i6.14067

Article History

Date submitted: 2019-05-31
Date published: 2019-05-31

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