TED TALKS ABOUT GLOBAL HEALTH: Keolu Fox

 

The vast majority of genetic research done uses samples only from those with European backgrounds — 96% of it, to be exact. While the variation across all 46 chromosomes may be little, it’s what makes every single person on our planet different, from their appearance to the diseases to which they’re predisposed. Modern advances in pharmacogenomics, or the study of the way drugs and medications interact with a person based on their DNA, could prove invaluable, as long as the data we have on DNA is representative of the world population, not just those of European descent.

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