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Study explains why some human genes are more popular with researchers than others
September 18, 2018
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Historical bias is a key reason biomedical researchers continue to study the same 10 percent of all human genes, whose sequences are known, while ignoring many genes known to play roles in disease, according to a Northwestern University study. The bias is bolstered by research funding mechanisms and social forces. Well-meaning policy interventions to promote exploratory research result primarily in additional work on genes first characterized in the 1980s and 1990s. Full Story
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