Implications of human genetics and genomics research are closely scrutinised in the latest consensus study of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) to be launched on 4 December 2018.


The report entitled Human Genetics and Genomics in South Africa: Ethical, Legal and Social Implications provides valuable insights into the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genetics and genome work in South Africa and sets out a number of recommendations to address the challenges.


Human genetics and genomics are exciting and rapidly evolving fields, both in terms of the new knowledge generated and the rate at which such information is generated.                        

This study addresses the ELSI of genetics and genomics work, as it relates to research, health service provision and forensic applications (medical and legal) in South Africa.


The intent is to promote interest and encourage development of sustainable and ethical initiatives in the practice of genetics and genomics which include clinical, research, entrepreneurial and forensic activities. Genomic research is also closely linked to biobanking and requires storage of samples and associated data sets.


The study was undertaken by a 13-member panel consisting of Prof Michael Pepper, University of Pretoria (panel chairperson); Prof Collet Dandara, University of Cape Town (UCT); Prof Jantina de Vries, UCT; Prof Ames Dhai, University of the Witwatersrand Wits; Prof Melodie Labuschaigne, University of South Africa; Dr Freddy Mnyongani, University of KwaZulu-Natal; Prof Keymanthri Moodley, Stellenbosch University; Dr Antonel Olckers, DNAbiotec®; Prof Anne Pope, UCT; Prof Raj Ramesar, UCT; Prof Michèle Ramsay, Wits; Prof Himla Soodyall, Wits; Prof Wayne Towers, North-West University.


The report will be launched on

Date:                               04 December 2018

Time:                               10:00 to 13:00

Venue:                            The Capital, Menlyn Maine


Members of the Media are invited to attend. RSVP to Patsy Scholtz @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.