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Institute acquires machine for cancer research

Institute acquires machine for cancer research By Jessica Onyegbula Cancer Abuja, Feb. 15, 2019 (NNN) The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) says it has acquired NextSeq 500/550 system machine for cancer research. The institute said this in a statement issued by the Communication Manager, Mr Dennis Mordi, on Friday in Abuja. According to him, […]

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Institute acquires machine for cancer research
By Jessica Onyegbula
Cancer
Abuja, Feb. 15, 2019 (NNN) The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) says it has acquired NextSeq 500/550 system machine for cancer research.
The institute said this in a statement issued by the Communication Manager, Mr Dennis Mordi, on Friday in Abuja.
According to him, Prof. Clement Adebamowo, Cancer Epidemiologist, University of Maryland Baltimore, said that the machine will enable researchers understand genes that make some individuals at higher risk to cancer than others.
Adebamowo said that the technology that have been deployed and the training that have been given will empower trainees to sequence the entire human genome.
“You can put the sample of an individual in the machine and it will read and tell us all that a person’s gene contains.
“This emerging trend in cancer research worldwide is still novel in Nigeria.
“Genomes can play a role in whether somebody develops a specific disease or not and even among those that develop the disease, how severe the disease will be,” he said.
Adebamowo said that he has already begun working with several families in the country to discover genetic factors that may increase their risk to breast cancer.
According to him, families at risk can take preventive action based on research results.
He however said that plans are underway to extend the training to researchers in and outside the country.
“When we were planning this training, we received letters from different countries indicating that they want to send people to attend.
“The plan is that IHVN will organise additional courses in future, which will be advertised, and potential participants given enough notice to attend,” he said.
He added that eight laboratory research scientists and clinicians participated in the six-day training facilitated by manufacturers of the equipment – Illumina.
He noted that financial support was received from the US National Institutes of Health through the African Collaborative Center for Microbiome and Genomics Research in IHVN. (NNN)
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Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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