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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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