Less than 1 percent of the Ph.D.s in fields related to human genetic research go to Native Americans, and they make up less than one fifth of 1 percent of the members of the American Society of Human Genetics. This is particularly troubling in light of a history of exploitative genetics research with Native American communities.
George Church -- professor at Harvard and MIT, multifaceted researcher, entrepreneur, author and advocate of open-access genomics -- gives good quotation. The latest publication to exploit this is The Economist, which just ran a feature about him called "Welcome to my genome," which includes some of Church's predictions for human genetic modification.
This simple blood test for the prediction of suicide risks not only lacks a proper scientific basis but signifies unacceptable ignorance of the motives behind suicide thoughts and suicide attempts. Because of the complex nature of suicide, it is unlikely that a genetic test will ever be the key to prevention.
In the fall of 2010, as my brother was dying of colon cancer, I learned a terrifying secret. He also had Huntington's disease, a horrific brain disorder that is passed down in families. Suddenly, even as I was losing my cherished sibling, my childhood soulmate, I was also grappling with my own possible death.