October 27, 2016
(MIT Technology Review) – A recent analysis published in the journal Nature revealed that 81 percent of participants in these genome-wide association studies were of European descent. Together, individuals of African, Latin American, and native or indigenous ancestry represent less than 4 percent of all genomic samples analyzed. While the overall diversity in genome-wide association studies has increased since 2009, when 96 percent of data was from people of European descent, much of the rise in diversity is due to large gains in Asian data and only marginal increases from other population groups.
The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.