Published on April 13th, 2017 | by Joshua New0
Analyzing the Genomes of Diverse Populations
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.