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Regulation of genomic and biobanking research in Africa: a content analysis of ethics guidelines, policies and procedures from 22 African countries

  • Jantina de Vries1Email authorView ORCID ID profile,
  • Syntia Nchangwi Munung1,
  • Alice Matimba2,
  • Sheryl McCurdy3,
  • Odile Ouwe Missi Oukem-Boyer4,
  • Ciara Staunton5,
  • Aminu Yakubu6,
  • Paulina Tindana7 and
  • the H3Africa Consortium
BMC Medical EthicsBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201718:8

Received: 6 September 2016

Accepted: 29 December 2016

Published: 2 February 2017

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Original Submission
6 Sep 2016 Submitted Original manuscript
24 Oct 2016 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Yann Joly
29 Nov 2016 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Dianne Nicol
5 Dec 2016 Author responded Author comments - Jantina De Vries
Resubmission - Version 2
5 Dec 2016 Submitted Manuscript version 2
29 Dec 2016 Editorially accepted
2 Feb 2017 Article published 10.1186/s12910-016-0165-6

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Department of Clinical Pharmacology, College of Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, USA
Cameroon Bioethics Initiative (CAMBIN), Yaounde, Cameroon
University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa
National Health Research Ethics Committee, Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, Nigeria
Navrongo Health Research Centre, Ghana Health Service, Navrongo, Ghana