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Scientists Partnering With Indigenous Communities for Genomics Research

Scientists are interested in studying the DNA of Indigenous populations because it can lead to discoveries, such as when their ancestors first arrived on the continent and where they originally came from. Genomics research can also shed light on the genetic basis of disease.

But early in his career, University of Illinois anthropologist Ripan Malhi (CGRH, GNDP, IGOH, RBTE) said he recognized there was a lack of trust between scientists and Indigenous communities.

Respect Indigenous ancestors: Scholars urge community engagement

A new article in the journal Science provides guidance for those intending to study ancient human remains in the Americas. The paper, written by Indigenous scholars and scientists and those who collaborate with Indigenous communities on studies of ancient DNA, offers a clear directive to others contemplating such research: First, do no harm.

IGB Hosts Second Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics

IGB Hosts Second Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics

More than a dozen students from across North America attended the Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING) workshop at the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) on August 4–11 to discuss the potential, as well as the risks, for genomic research in Native American communities.

Marcus Briggs-Cloud was one of over a dozen attendees to the 2013 SING workshop.

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Engaging in laboratory research at the undergraduate and graduate level brings significant benefits, not the least of which is the value of receiving real-world work experience both inside and outside the classroom. Students at the IGB shape their plans for a postgraduate career and build valuable, lasting professional networks, working as a member of a larger collaborative effort and interacting with fellow students and faculty.

Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING) Workshop

The Institute for Genomic Biology will once again be hosting the Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING) Workshop. The workshop will take place from August 4-10, 2013, at the IGB to discuss genomics as a tool for Native American communities and assist in the training of Native Americans in the concepts and methods currently used in genomics.

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