Most biobanks, whether small or large, have high quality assurance and control measures in place.
There are several projects and initiatives that offer hope amid all the bad news about African science.
Technologies for accessing information need to be somehow future-proofed.
Project Baseline opens up new opportunities in health care, both for the researchers working with big data and for consumers who want more sophisticated ways to track their health.
How much privacy are we willing to give up in the name of cutting-edge science? And do we care about the kinds of research that will be done with our donations?
South Africa has no legislation setting out the rules for biobanks and the guidelines that do exist are not clear or detailed. This leaves the door wide open for unethical practises.