Keolu Fox is on a mission to increase ethnic diversity in human genome sequencing.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Less than 4% of sequenced human genome sequences are non-European
Article: New era of genetic research must include more indigenous people, says Keolu Fox Geneticist says trust, technology key to increasing ethnic diversity in human genome project.
Fox, an indigenous Hawaiian geneticist, was studying at the University of Washington when he discovered that less than four per cent of human genome sequencing is non-European, with less than one per cent being from indigenous people.
Human genome sequencing could play a key part in determining how genetics play a role in chronic diseases that disproportionately impact indigenous people, such as diabetes, Fox said.