Tag: diversity

The Real Issue: Diversity in Genetics Research

A recent article in Quartz with the headline “23andMe has a problem when it comes to ancestry reports for people of color” provides an opportunity for us to discuss the real issue largely missed by the author — the need for diversity in genetics research, and biomedical research in general. It’s also an ...

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Roots Revisited

In a wonderful interview he did with comedian W. Kamau Bell, actor and producer Levar Burton explained the significance of the current reboot of the series Roots on the History Channel. “Whether you feel like it has any relevance or meaning to you, the real truth is that it does,” Burton said featured in ...

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Asthma in African American Children

Asthma can start with simple tightness in the chest, but end in an epic battle to breathe. So whether you are black or white, Asian or Latino, an asthma attack can be frightening, especially if you are a kid. But who you are, or more accurately what your ancestry is, does matter in what scientists can say ...

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Needed Diversity in Research

It’s been a perennial problem —biomedical research that largely leaves behind women and people with non-European ancestry. A newly published study by researchers at the University of California San Francisco found that despite efforts to recruit in under represented communities in the United States there ...

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Top Genetic Findings of 2014

The pace of discovery in genetics is such that every few months a new finding has the potential to change something fundamental about our understanding of the science. To keep up, we here at 23andMe take a moment to look back and list the top genetic findings of the year. • Ebola DNA As health workers ...

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23andMe’s African Ancestry Project

The human story begins in Africa, but for many African Americans searching for their ancestral roots, finding where their family story begins on that great continent is nearly impossible, because the slave trade severed those connections. 23andMe is launching an initiative that we hope will change ...

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More Diversity Needed in Genetic Research

By Anne Pinckard The high rates of type 2 diabetes in some minority communities as well as the rates for prostate cancer among African American men are a good illustration of how a person’s risk for a disease can depend on ancestry. The problem is scientists haven’t done enough research in minority ...

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Southern African Genomes Sequenced

Group of hunters from the Ju/’hoansi tribe in the Namibian Bush/ Stephan C. Schuster Researchers from Penn State University, the University of New South Wales in Australia, and the Baylor College of Medicine have sequenced the genomes of four individuals from different groups of the click-speaking San of ...

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Genetic Analysis Demonstrates Lack of Ethnic Diversity in Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Most Commonly Used In Research

Using a research method very similar to the one used in 23andMe's Global Similarity advanced view feature, researchers have discovered that most of the embryonic stem cell lines currently studied by researchers are derived from European and Middle Eastern populations.  Only two out of 47 were derived from egg ...

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