Genome project finds variations in ethnic groups
Original post made on Dec 8, 2012
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on Dec 8, 2012 at 10:01 am
This is an incredibly interesting projectbut it's not clear how the research will necessarily be linked to "disease", given that there are thousands of "diseases", and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of genetic differences in all of the "ethnic" groups found on the planet.
Moreover, this work will generate so much data that no living human being will be able to assimilate very much of the results of this research. There is so much computation needed that these folks ought to get themselves a couple super computers to help reduce the time to do the data reductions, and statistical inference work that is needed to make meaningful predictions.
Well .. best of luck to them .. this is a really difficult area of endeavor.
on Dec 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm
Even WASPs can have mixed ethnicity and not know it. After I had double pneumonia several years ago, I had an irregular heartbeat as an after-effect for a while, as well as an unusually high cholesterol level for a vegan. Some genetic blood tests were done by a local cardiologist and a lab named Berkeley Heartlab, I found I had markers in my blood for genetic diseases found in nationalities I did not know I was a part of!! The reason for my high cholesterol in spite of my lack of animals in my diet, was a Celtic genetic marker found in my blood that causes my liver to produce more cholesterol than I need. I never even knew I had Scottish, Irish, or Welsh blood in my lines! I grew up,thinking I was German and Swedish all this time.
on Dec 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm
The importance of knowing this occurred to me when I realized I might have passed this defect on to my son, who was unaware of Celtic roots. He had his doctor refer him to Berkeley Heartlab where tests revealed that he, too had the marker for high cholesterol. As a result, he was put on medication for this in his twenties.