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A lack of ethnic diversity in global genome databases has long been a source of discussion in the scientific community. Africans in particular are underrepresented in these datasets, limiting the conclusions that can be drawn about human health and disease on the continent. Now, groups are looking to buck the trend by diversifying genomics research.

The Bantu migration is this major migration of languages across the continent, and so being able to fill in that part of human history and migration is also a big step forward.

—Neil Hanchard, Baylor College of Medicine

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