Kristen Brown, Gizmodo, explores how the field of genetics focuses primarily on people of European descent and lacks ancestral diversity.
Related: A project recently funded by Genome Canada, CIHR and Genome BC seeks to address some of these challenges .
Silent Genomes, with First Nations, Inuit and Metis partners, will address the growing “genomic divide” between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians by developing a governance framework for genomic research and health care and improve access to genomic diagnosis by focusing on current genetic health care needs of Indigenous children across Canada. Notably, Silent Genomes will lead to the development of background reference genomic data necessary for accurate genomics-based diagnosis, care and research. Click here to learn more.