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Researchers, foundations aim to close racial gap in genomic databases

Most participants in genomic studies have been white people of European ancestry, creating a knowledge gap and health disparities that researchers, foundations and governments aim to narrow. Examples include the American Association for Cancer Research's initiative to sequence the tumor genomes from 2,020 African Americans by 2020, a study of prostate cancer in African Americans funded by the NIH and the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and a genetic study of breast cancer that includes Latinas in and outside the US.

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