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Bridging the Genomics Divide

This fact sheet suggests the ways in which developing countries can contribute to - and benefit from - advances in genomics. It suggests that some public money would be better spent on supporting genomic science in developing countries, which can aid both poor and wealthy societies. It also provides a round-up of developing nations currently pursuing genomic programmes.

Genomic science, the fact sheet suggests, holds several advantages for developing countries:

  • Sequencing is a straightforward process that can be done effectively and efficiently in the developing world
  • There are fewer barriers to achieve genomic discoveries compared to other disciplines
  • Tropical diseases that affect mainly poor nations stem from clearly defined pathogens that are best deciphered through genetic research
  • Genomics is an emerging science allowing early investments to pay off in the future

  • Given the long list of problems that developing countries face, funding genomic research must be carefully balanced against other health necessities. When done wisely - for example, by relying on a network of coordinated labs, and utilising existing talent - these initiatives have prooved financially viable.