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Thu Jun 12, 2014, 08:05 PM

Mexico boasts a staggering genetic diversity, study shows

Mexico boasts a staggering genetic diversity, study shows
By Geoffrey Mohan

DNA offers a nuanced answer to what it means to be Mexican

Ancient genetic signal survived conquest in Mexico

Latino and Hispanic labels don't do justice to Mexico's genome

June 12, 2014 4:14PM

Writers, artists and historians have long pondered what it means to be Mexican. Now science has offered its answer, and it could change how medicine uses racial and ethnic categories to assess disease risk, testing and treatment..

The broadest analysis of the Mexican genome ever undertaken reveals a nation of staggering genetic diversity, where European conquest only thinly masks the ancestral DNA of Native Americans, and where some populations remain as distinct from one another as Europeans are from Chinese, according to findings published Thursday in the journal Science.

Forty researchers, who share Latino heritage as well as professional qualms over the significance of ethnic and racial categories, teamed up across borders to analyze more than 1 million variations in the building blocks of DNA. They examined more than 500 samples collected in Mexico’s remote Indian villages and polyglot cities, and from Mexican Americans in California.

“Because these populations are so rich, so genetically differentiated, you can’t just lump them all in,” said lead investigator Carlos Bustamante, a population geneticist and co-director of Stanford University’s Center for Computational, Evolutionary and Human Genomics. “You really have to embrace that diversity and think about doing medical genetic studies on a very large scale.”


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Thu Jun 12, 2014, 08:23 PM

1. you know

we would never think of "American" as one homogeneous race.

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