Addressing a Diversity Problem in Human Genetics

September 16, 2014 1:49 PM

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Addressing a Diversity Problem in Human Genetics

Native Americans are underrepresented in genetics and genomics research studies. Some reasons stem from historical distrust of the medical doctors and researchers; distrust may stem from poor communication, lack of return of aggregate results or broad study findings, and misrepresentation of the tribe or community.

Scientists must address this problem. One critical step is for researchers to seek community participation in every step of the project -- from initial design to the interpretation of results -- and look for tangible benefits to return to the community. But genetics fundamentally needs a greater div...

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