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$74 Million Gift to Help Correct Bias in Genomic Studies of Human Disease

To help “correct a bias in genomic studies of human disease, which often analyze DNA taken from people of European descent,” The Boston Globe reports that Carlos Slim Helú, Mexican billionaire and philanthropist is donating $74 million to the Broad Institute Genomics Center “that will advance biomedical research that benefits people in Latin America.” The article explains that only analyzing DNA of people of European descent “may overlook important genetic causes of disease in non-European populations — and could one day result in people at the highest risk of a disease not getting the best treatments.” Slim hopes that his gift will help scientist understand whether there is a genetic component causing health disparities in Latin American populations.

Read it in The Boston Globe.