ANU scientists must win trust before building genome trail for Aborigines

18 May 2015

Blood samples collected over 30 years from 7000 Aborigines in missions and settlements across  Australia could be taken out of long-term storage at the ANU in Canberra and used for genome science.

Samples and donors' family history and places of birth were gathered from the 1960s up to the 1990s before consent protocols which exist today were in place. So before any research begins, the surviving donors and their relatives will be consulted.

An Indigenous consultative committee, which includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda​, investigated how the collection was made and thought the moral purpose at the time was sound and things were done properly.

» Article in 'The Canberra Times'