African Americans are being misdiagnosed with the heart condition (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) that caused the sudden death of basketball player Hank Gathers (pictured left with teammate Bo Kimble) in 1990. Lack of ethnic diversity in genomic databases is a big part of the reason for these misdiagnoses.
(AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)
Genome sequencing is transforming the way we diagnose disease. But lack of diversity in genomic data means only some Canadians will benefit from this revolutionary technology.
The advent of genetic technologies has been reducing the time and cost attached to diagnosing rare genetic diseases.
Pipette tips with reaction mixture to amplify DNA.
It seems like a no brainer to edit out genetic disease...until we pause to consider what would be lost.