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Nigerian biotech company to build Senegalese genomic database

Image: KaBa [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Project first of its kind in Francophone Africa, organisers say

A Nigerian genomics company has turned its scope to its Francophone neighbour, to set up a first genomic database.  

54gene signed an agreement on 26 May with Senegalese organisations to “establish a full genomic database of the Senegalese population”. It will partner with the National Academy of Sciences and Technology of Senegal and researchers based at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. 

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