Diverse Populations Are Needed To Understand The Genetics Of Complex Traits
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I am a BS Biology '18/MS Bioinformatics '19 student at Loyola University Chicago currently working in a computational human genomics lab with my thesis on the genetic architecture of lipid traits in diverse populations.

                       

Diverse Populations Are Needed To Understand The Genetics Of Complex Traits

Across the human genome, there are a few million base pairs that differentiate one person from another. Though these differences account for only 0.1% of the total genome, they affect many of our traits, such as eye color, propensity for diseases, or even tea drinking habits. In the numerous genetic studies in humans over the past few decades, however, the vast majority of genetic studies have included only people of European descent, creating a disparity in the benefits of research...

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