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NEW YORK – Startup 54gene, which plans to focus on genomics of Africans, said this week that it has raised $4.5 million in seed funding.

Investors in the firm include Y Combinator, Fifty Years, Better Ventures, KdT Ventures, Hack VC, Pioneer Fund, and Techammer.

The company, founded earlier this year and based in San Francisco and in Lagos, Nigeria, plans to address the fact that only 2 percent of human DNA samples used in pharmaceutical research today are from Africans or those of African ancestry, who have much greater genetic diversity than other human populations.

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