Why Is It So Important for Different Ethnic Groups to Be A Part of Genomics Research?

A research team led by Dr. Eimear E. Kenny at Mount Sinai, NY and Dr. Christopher S. Carlson at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, WA explored the value of analyzing the genomes of racial and ethnic minorities. The team collected data from nearly 50,000 people of African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Native American, and other non-European descent. They found 27 new genetic variants associated with a range of traits in non-European people. The findings, which have implications for diseases and conditions like kidney disease and diabetes, underscore the need to include people of diverse ancestral backgrounds in genomic studies. This study illustrates why it is important to have all people involved in research so as to find the answers that benefit all, and not just those who are white.
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