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

Jan 26, 2011, 12:52 ET from America's Wire

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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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