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Legal Implications of Stroke Biobanking and Genomics Research in Sub-Saharan Africa

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Raj KalariaORCiD, Dr Rufus Akinyemi


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Stroke is a major cause of death in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and genetic factors appear to play a part. This has led to stroke biobanking and genomics research in SSA. Existing stroke studies have focused on causes, incidence rates, fatalities and effects. However, scant attention has been paid to the legal issues in stroke biobanking and genomics research in the sub-region. Therefore, this article examines the legal implications of stroke biobanking and genomics research in SSA. The article adopts a textual analysis of primary and secondary sources in law. It reports that there are laws from the perspectives of human right, the common law, and intellectual property. However, there are gaps to be filled. The article therefore argues for legislative intervention. It concludes that pending the time the statute will be enacted, genomics researchers in Africa should adopt the ethical guidelines prepared by Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3 Africa).

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Author(s): Adigun M, Ojebuyi BR, Akinyemi J, Wahab K, Akpalu A, Sarfo FS, Owolabi LF, Musbahu R, Bello A, Obiako R, Ogunronbi M, Singh A, Nichols M, Jenkins C, Jegede A, Kalaria R, Owolabi M, Ovbiagele B, Arulogun O, Akinyemi R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Law and Medicine

Year: 2022

Volume: 29

Issue: 2

Pages: 579-598

Print publication date: 01/06/2022

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

ISSN (print): 1320-159X

Publisher: Lawbook Co.

PubMed id: 35819393