SA gene genies in giant leap for mankind (its African branch, at ...

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SA gene genies in giant leap for mankind (its African branch, at least)

The new data allows researchers to track movement on the continent from as far as 70 generations ago

Cape Town bureau chief

Thirteen South African scientists were part of an international team that has sequenced 426 genomes from across Africa.

The massive genetic diversity they discovered provides a baseline for future research into areas such as precision medicine, population history and environmental adaptation.

“Adding genomic data from diverse populations is essential to ensure that all global populations can benefit from the advances in health that precision medicine offers,” said Zané Lombard from Wits University, a senior author on the study...

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