Lack of Diversity Hinders Genetic Studies. We Can Change That

March 7, 2019

(STAT News) – Genetic differences exist between people of different ancestries. That means genetic studies that focus on just a handful of populations give an incomplete picture. A biological insight that emerges from a study of people of European descent may not apply to someone of East Asian descent, and vice versa. In order for everyone to benefit from sequencing the human genome, genetic studies must be conducted in people of all ethnicities β€” as well as all genders, ages, incomes, and sexual orientations. It’s a simple concept that seems to be fiendishly difficult to apply.

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