The Simons Foundation, a scientific research nonprofit, has made the data from its Simons Genome Diversity Project (SGDP) freely available to advance understanding of human genetic diversity in genomics research. The 35 terabytes of SGDP data contains fully sequenced genomes from a total of 279 people from 130 populations around the world, including indigenous populations on every continent. The Simons Foundation launched the SGDP in response to the over-representation of European populations in large-scale genomics initiatives, which can skew researchers’ understanding of human diversity and limit the usefulness of genetic models.
Analyzing the Genomes of Diverse Populations
Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.