Diversity Missing in Genetic Studies – Medscape

Overrepresentation of people of European ancestry in genetic and genomic investigations is exacerbating healthcare inequities, according to a commentary published online today in Cell. “[T]he lack of ethnic diversity in human genomic studies means that our ability to translate genetic research into clinical practice or public health policy may be dangerously incomplete, or worse, mistaken,” write Giorgio Sirugo, MD, PhD, and Sarah Tishkoff, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; and Scott M. Williams, PhD, of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. David Curtis, MD, PhD, from University College London Genetics Institute, echoes that point. “We have genetic knowledge ...

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