n South African Medical Journal - Data mining and biological sample exportation from South Africa : a new wave of bioexploitation under the guise of clinical care? : editorial

Volume 106, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



In September 2015, the South African (SA) health insurer Discovery announced that, in partnership with Craig Venter's company Human Longevity Inc., it would provide genetic testing to its members for USD250 (approximately ZAR3 400) per person. On the surface, this appears to be innovative and futuristic. However, a deeper look at this announcement reveals considerable problems in the exportation of biological samples and data out of SA, and brings into sharp focus the lack of protection in place for potential donors.

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