Black Representation in Genetic Research Study 23andMe February 23, 2021 – DNA Saturdays February 27, 2021

I checked on DNA last night for this week’s DNA Saturdays post. Came across this article from several days ago – Black Representation in Genetic Research Study: Much longer article, but here’s a synopsis. I included the topics below.

Published February 23, 2021 By 23andMe under 23andMe Research

As part of 23andMe’s ongoing effort to improve diversity in biomedical research, we recently began work on our Black Representation in Genetic Research study. This study aims to understand the biology connecting genetic variants to diseases. 

To support the study, 23andMe recruited just under 1,000 customers with African ancestry who consented to participate in the study. The project, supported with funding from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), involves the sequencing of RNA and DNA to study the genetics of gene expression. These data are crucial for understanding the role of genetic variants identified through genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and how they may influence disease through changes in gene expression. 

This effort is one of several 23andMe has undertaken over the last decade to help remedy research inequities. Currently, the 23andMe database includes one of the largest groups of people with African ancestry who have consented to participate in genetic research. Yet, there is still much work to be done. While the number of people of African descent participating in our research is large, it still pales in comparison to the numbers of people of European ancestry. 


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