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Building Trust

Most genetics and genomics research has centered on individuals of European ancestry, though Jennifer Raff writes at Forbes that there has been a growing awareness of this lack of representation.

Raff, though, says some researchers are putting in the effort to build trust with under-represented communities. For instance, researchers who presented a study recently at the American Society of Human Genetics that examined the genomes of dozens of individuals from different populations in Africa worked with the local communities on the project. Likewise, the Human Heredity and Health in Africa study also aims to work with local populations and include African scientific leadership. That, Raff says, is important as scientists from under-represented communities are better poised to understand their concerns.

Still, the University of California, San Diego's Keolu Fox tells her that the research should give back to the community it relied upon. Technological independence, self-governance, and democratizing the tools should always be the long-term goal of ethical partnerships in genomics," Fox says.

The Scan

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Active Lifestyle Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Prevention in People at High Genetic Risk

A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows that an active lifestyle goes a long way in type 2 diabetes prevention.

Beneficial, Harmful Effects of Introgression Between Wild and Domesticated European Grapes

A paper in PNAS shows that European wild grapevines were an important resource for improving the flavor of cultivated wine grapes.

Genetic Ancestry of South America's Indigenous Mapuche Traced

Researchers in Current Biology analyzed genome-wide data from more than five dozen Mapuche individuals to better understand their genetic history.