Genomics and Global Health
Written to coincide with publication of the World Health Organisation's report, Genomics and World Health, this editorial
Aside from the complex scientific and technical problems of bringing genomics to the clinic, ensuring that its benefits will be reaped by developing countries will require paying attention to many challenges. For example, there are questions over who will pay to test, develop and deliver important vaccines, drugs and diagnostics for diseases of the developing world, and who will ensure equitable access to those who need it most.
The article concludes with a reference to the globalisation of disease, with many poorer countries making the epidemiological transition towards a pattern of disease similar to that of the developed countries. The authors conclude that development of research partnerships between developed and developing countries will not only help to combat the global inequity of health care but will also be of enormous benefit to both parties.