Race, ancestry, and genes: implications for defining disease risk.

  title={Race, ancestry, and genes: implications for defining disease risk.},
  author={Rick A Kittles and Kenneth M. Weiss},
  journal={Annual review of genomics and human genetics},
Geneticists are interested in finding genes associated with disease. Because of widespread health disparities, race is a variable that is often said to be relevant in this context. The idea is that members of a preconceived "race" share common ancestry that may include genetic risk factors. Human variation has been shaped by the long-term processes of population history, and population samples that reflect that history carry statistical information about shared genetic variation or "ancestry… CONTINUE READING

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