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PERSPECTIVES resource to facilitate future studies that relate

resource to facilitate future studies that relate
human genetic variation to health and disease.
The Project raises many ethical issues because
it will allow researchers to compare patterns of
variation among both individuals and popula-
tions. Throughout the Project, ethicists and
social scientists have worked collaboratively
with geneticists to address these issues (mem-
bersof theInternationalHapMapConsortium
This article provides an overview of the
ethical,social and cultural issues raised by the
International HapMap Project and describes
how the Project is addressing them. The spe-
cific processes that were used to engage com-
munities or consult with the public in the
localities where people were approached to
donate blood samples,as well as the principal
findings that emerged from those processes,


Source: Abecasis, Goncalo - Department of Biostatistics, University of Michigan


Collections: Biology and Medicine; Mathematics