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Human Rights 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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© 2022. Abstract: Stroke is a major cause of death in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and genetic factors appear to play a part in its pathogenesis. This led to the development of 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 about stroke biobanking and genomics research in the sub-region. Therefore, this article examines the legal implications of stroke biobanking and genomics research in Sub-Saharan Africa from a human rights perspective. The study argues that the right to dignity of the human person, the right to privacy, the right to freedom of information, the right to freedom from discrimination, the right to own property, the right to self-determination and the right to health may be implicated. The study concludes that the court may have to be involved in balancing one right against the other which may prove somewhat herculean depending on the circumstances of each case.

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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: International Human Rights Law Review

Year: 2022

Volume: 11

Issue: 1

Pages: 112-137

Online publication date: 27/06/2022

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

ISSN (print): 2213-1027

ISSN (electronic): 2213-1035

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers


DOI: 10.1163/22131035-11010008


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