Genetic Research Has a Big Bias Problem, And We Can’t Keep Ignoring It – ScienceAlert

Human genomics research continues to have a major bias towards people of European ancestry, scientists say – and that could have damaging consequences in terms of how research is interpreted and followed up. The statistics tell their own story: as of 2018, individuals included in genome-wide association studies (GWAS) were 78 percent European, 10 percent Asian, 2 percent African, 1 percent Hispanic, and less than 1 percent all other ethnic groups. As these GWAS studies are used to predict disease risk, develop medical treatments, and plan further research and study, the risk is that we’re not seeing the whole picture ...

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