Genetic Ancestry and Risk


A person's genetic ancestry can make a big difference in predicting his or her disease risk and potential course of treatment. GT's Christie Rizk recently spoke with UCSF's Esteban González Burchard about his recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine on how inaccurate racial identification affects lung function predictions in African-Americans, and the far-reaching implications of his study for medicine.

Genome Technology: Are patients' ethnic groups being appropriately used as predictors of lung function?

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Researchers report that deleting one gene from butterflies affects their wing coloration patterns, according to the Washington Post.

The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

In PNAS this week: genome sequencing of weevil symbionts, retinoid X receptor deletion in lung cancer metastasis, and more.

Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.