America's Wire Releases Article on Efforts to Include More People of Color in Genetic Research Projects Around the World

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America's Wire today released a story on efforts to include more people of color in genetic research that is taking place around the globe.

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Kenneth J. Cooper, reports that Stanford University geneticist, Carlos D. Bustamante, is leading an effort to include more Hispanics and African-Americans in genetic research critical to determining root causes of many diseases.  Dr. Bustamante has been critical of such research that has often focused largely on white populations.

"One of the reasons that researchers say they study white populations is that they're easier to study, they're more homogeneous, blah-blah-blah," Dr. Bustamante says in the article. "But it's really that they haven't really done enough to engage minority populations."

Mr. Cooper reports that the lack of diversity has occurred for some time.  "A 2009 review of nearly 400 studies worldwide found that more than 90 percent have examined only people of European descent," he writes.  "Duke University researchers counted 26 studies of Asians, three of Hispanics, two of Native Americans and none of African-Americans.  Another 11 studies tested people from a mix of racial and ethnic backgrounds."

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America's Wire provides newspapers, community papers, websites, ethnic publications and wire services with stories that report on structural racism, and the communities impacted by it.  America's Wire provides a minimum of two enterprise stories a month by our staff reporters, Mr. Cooper and Marjorie Valbrun, an award-winning journalist. We also provide articles by freelance writers, as well as commentaries from experts on a variety of topics.

Other stories currently available on America's Wire include:

  • A report on hospital closings in minority communities
  • Marisa Trevino's commentary on increases in hate crimes against Latinos
  • The impact of black prosecutors across the country
  • Q & A with Shirley J. Wilcher, director of American Association for Affirmative Action
  • The impact of residential segregation on health outcomes
  • Conservatives blaming the poor for being poor
  • The declining number of black males at colleges and universities
  • Tim Wise, a white crusader against racism
  • States easing restrictions on ex-convicts  

America's Wire is operated by the Maynard Institute's Media Center on Structural Racism. Our news service provides enterprising content for wire services, mainstream newspapers, ethnic/community papers, magazines and websites. The professionally reported, written and edited stories help readers comprehend the challenges that people of color face from structural racism.  America's Wire is made possible through a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

CONTACT:  Michael K. Frisby, +1-202-625-4328, mfrisby@mije.org

SOURCE America's Wire



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