Monday, April 23, 2018

23andMe "is offering free kits to researchers studying populations in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere—but the ethics are tricky"

As impressive as 23andMe’s genetic database is, it still has noticeable gaps—especially among Africans, Middle Easterners, Central Asians, Southeast Asians, and indigenous Americans.


The latest is the Population Collaborations Program, which allows U.S.-based scientists already studying underrepresented groups to apply for free spit kits and DNA analysis. In return, 23andMe gets to add the DNA to its database.