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Genomics in Africa

Charles Rotimi, director of National Institutes of Health's Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health, believes that all human populations must be included in genomic research for genomics to have an impact on societal problems like hunger and disease, according to The Lancet's Kelly Morris. Rotimi recently launched the Human Heredity and Health in Africa project to conduct population-based studies there.

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