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Genome Mappers Navigate the Tricky Terrain of Race (The New York Times)

 
  July, 20 2001 15:06
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Scientists planning the next phase of the human genome project are being forced to confront a treacherous issue: the genetic differences between human races.

With the decoding of the human genome largely complete, government scientists are beginning to construct a special kind of genetic map that would provide a shortcut to locating the variant human genes that predispose people to common diseases.

The question the scientists face is whether that map should chart possible differences that may emerge among the principal population groups, those of Africans, Asians and Europeans.

Full press story in the New York Times, July 20, 2001.


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