New statement provides path to include ethnicity, ancestry, race in genomic research

Historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups and Indigenous peoples have significant cardiovascular health inequities, and these groups are underrepresented in genetic and genomic research.Almost 80% of participants in genomic research are of European ancestry, yet this group makes up just 16% of the global population.Heart-disease risk calculations and information about how different populations respond to treatment with medicines based on genetic studies are less accurate when used to assess risk for historically underrepresented or Indigenous peoples.