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Genetic Diversity in black South Africans from Soweto

Description of study

This study explores genetic diversity in 94 unrelated southeastern Bantu-speaking South Africans, resident in urban Soweto (Johannesburg). Participants were typed for approx 4.3 million SNPs using the Infinium Omni5 beadchips (Illumina, San Diego, USA).


The 94 participants were drawn from the Birth to Twenty Project, a cohort study that launched in 1990 and is still running. Birth to Twenty is managed by the MRC/WITS Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit (DPHRU), located within the Department of Paediatrics at the University of the Witwatersrand and physically located at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

This particular study was a pilot project for the South African Human Genome Program (SAHGP) supported by the South African National Department of Science and Technology (DST).


This specific project was funded by Novartis (Next Generation Scientist programe, held at Novartis in Basel, Switzerland). Sample collection was funded by The Wellcome Trust.

Availability of data

Permission is granted to use the data. Please cite this paper: AK May, S Hazelhurst, Y. Li, SA Norris, N Govind, M Tikly, C Hon, KJ Johnson, N Hartmann, F Staedtler and M Ramsay. Genetic diversity in black South Africans from Soweto. BMC Genomics 14:644, 2013 doi:10.1186/1471-2164-14-644. Link 2013