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Bridging the ‘genomic divide’: Lack of Indigenous DNA data a challenge for researchers – CBC
by ahnationtalk onNovember 14, 201819 Views
Ownership of DNA samples a concern for Indigenous peoples
Nov 14, 2018
A prominent U.S. senator turned to genetic testing last month to try to prove her claim that she had Indigenous ancestry.
But in assessing Elizabeth Warren’s DNA, the geneticists were forced to use samples from Mexico, Peru and Colombia because there were no samples from American Indigenous peoples in the reference databases.
Because the data is missing, Indigenous geneticists Krystal Tsosie of Vanderbilt University and Matthew Anderson of Ohio State University argue that Warren’s test results, which showed Native American ancestry six to 10 generations ago, are a reach.
Many more researchers have joined the discussion regarding Warren’s DNA test results, weighing in on the problems inherent in using genetic databases to unearth Indigenous ancestry.