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During a plenary session on Monday morning, Stanford University’s Carlos Bustamante discussed the need to include more diverse populations in GWAS and sequencing projects. He noted that 96 percent of researcher participants thus far have been of European descent. His lab has been working on a number of projects to study local ancestry and sequence admixed populations. Next, Robert Williams from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center discussed ‘genetical genomics,’ and highlighted tools to use for such, including the GeneNetwork system.

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