GENOMICS IS FAILING ON DIVERSITY.

An article in Nature (10/13, Popejoy, Fullerton, 116K) outlines how the lack of diversity in genomic research puts underrepresented groups at risk because many of the potential benefits of genomic research are withheld from those groups. The authors point out that in 2009 96% of participants in genomic studies were of European descent and an updated analysis found that now nearly 80% of participants in genomic studies are of European descent. The article points out that it has been more than 20 years since the NIH mandated more diversity in biomedical research participants but how those benefits are mainly for people of European descent because of the lack of diversity in genomic research.  

Do you have suggestions on how to increase diversity in research studies?