Indigenous scholars confront the power, limitations of genomics

phys.org | 4/26/2018 | Staff
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They traveled to central Illinois from Manitoba, Mexico City, Nova Scotia and 18 U.S. states, bringing expertise in a variety of fields, including anthropology, biomedical engineering, ethics, health and environmental policy, law, neurobiology, and social and behavioral science.

Participants in the 2019 Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics spent a week together in the classroom and the lab, learning not only how to amplify and sequence a fragment of their own DNA, but also discussing the implications of genomics research involving their ancestors and communities.

SING - Workshop - Summers - Moves - Sites

This was the seventh SING workshop. It is offered most summers and moves to different sites in North America. Last year, participants gathered at the University of Washington in Seattle. This year, SING came back to its birthplace, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The workshop is part of a broader effort to support Indigenous community members, scientists and students who want to improve their genomics education, explore the social and political ramifications of genomic tools and bring that knowledge back to their own institutions and communities. Indigenous and non-Indigenous scientists, scholars and students led the sessions and participated in the workshop.

Goal - SING - Workshop - Team - Scientist

"My goal in participating in the SING workshop is to become a better team scientist," said Jessica Elm, a citizen of the Oneida Nation, descendant of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohicans and postdoctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for American Indian Health.

"If a tribal community has a research question, I or somebody else should be able to assemble a team to answer those questions," said Elm, who studies how stress and trauma can affect the mental and physical health of individuals, families and generations of Native Americans. "And tribes are starting to ask more complex questions."

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