Africa gets first genome sequencing facility

CAPE TOWN – The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has collaborated with the Beijing Genomics Institute to established the continent’s first genomic sequencing facility.Construction at the African Genomics Centre is underway and is expected to be completed in June.Alterations in one’s DNA sequence can cause disease.DNA alterations are detected through the process of genomic sequencing and this gives an indication of one’s risk of developing certain conditionsRizwana Mia, the head of the South African Medical Research Council’s precision medicine programme, says: “We’ve grown to understand that the African genome holds a large amount of diversity.”The R95 million project will be based at the SAMRC premises in Parow Valley.(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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