Don’t ignore genetic data from minority populations

TitleDon’t ignore genetic data from minority populations
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsBen-Eghan, C, Sun, R, Hleap, JSergio, Diaz-Papkovich, A, Munter, HMarkus, Grant, AV, Dupras, C, Gravel, S
JournalNature
Volume585
Issue7824
Pagination184-186
Keywordsethics, Genomics, Society
Abstract

Geneticists have known for more than a decade that their focus on people with European ancestry exacerbates health disparities1. A 2018 analysis of studies looking for genetic variants associated with disease found that under-representation persists: 78% of study participants were of European ancestry, compared to 10% of Asian ancestry and 2% of African ancestry. Other ancestries each represented less than 1% of the total2. Several projects, such as H3Africa3, are starting to increase participation of under-represented groups, both among participants and among researchers. Large biobanks assembled in Europe and North America, combining biological samples with health-related data, also set sampling targets to increase diversity

DOI10.1038/d41586-020-02547-3
Citation Key11044
PubMed ID32901124