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…continue reading ‘Africa’s Science Academy Leads Push for Ethical Data Use’

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) has started work on the continent’s first cross-disciplinary guidelines on how to collect, store and share research data and specimens in ways that protect study participants from exploitation and benefit African citizens.

Members of the AAS Data and Biospecimen Governance Committee, who met for the first time on 10 and 11 June in Nairobi, Kenya, hope to address these issues, which pose persistent challenges for African nations and researchers.

The committee’s guidance won’t have legal authority — rather the goal is to provide a resource for governments creating their own policies and to guide researchers, according to committee members.

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