Since 2012, NCIG technical staff have completed extensive work in the lab to stabilize the 7,000 samples and improve their storage, indexing and security.
Three pilot visits have been made to communities from which the samples were collected. The conversation is a continuing one, and many more visits to these and other communities are needed.
The remarkable archive of documentation associated with the biological samples has been digitized and is searchable on our custom-built website.
The next step in the NCIG story will be to sequence the genome of the individuals from whom the samples were obtained, and to make the sample and genome sequence data available to researchers for approved research projects. (Subject to consent being provided).