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Indigenous DNA at Centre of Ethical Furore Could Help Reconnect Stolen Generations

August 19, 2016

(The Guardian) – Historic blood samples collected from Indigenous Australians could connect members of the stolen generations to their families and improve healthcare for chronic diseases, but not without confronting a troubled legacy of scientific exploitation and racial classification. About 7,000 samples were collected from 43 remote communities in northern Australia in the 1960s and 1970s as part of a range of studies. The samples were used by researchers until ethical concerns about the use of Indigenous DNA prompted a moratorium in the 1990s, and have spent the intervening years preserved in Canberra.

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