While researchers have been making strides in the use of genomics for both medical and historical questions, the vast majority of participants in such studies are of European descent. This is due to several reasons, among them a history of colonialism and exploitation that has made many non-European groups understandably wary of participating in research. Compounding the issue is the fact that researchers, most of whom themselves are of European descent, tend to seek out cohorts that are easily accessible and amenable to participation, rather than conduct the long-term engagement necessary to build trust with under-represented communities. Unfortunately, this can result in such communities missing out on potential benefits of such research.
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Related Research in BC: Silent Genomes: Reducing health care disparities for Indigenous children with genetic disease project – https://www.genomebc.ca/projects/silent-genomes-reducing-health-care-disparities-for-indigenous-children-with-genetic-diseases/