Renowned Professor of Genetics at Stanford University
Co-hosted by The Mexican Museum and Stanford University
6:30 - 8 pm
Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd, Building D, San Francisco
Dr. Bustamante will be speaking about the conclusions and implications of his collaborations with researchers at Stanford's School of Medicine, the University of California, San Francisco, and the Mexican National Institute of Genomic Medicine and his considerable research on Mexican genomic diversity, which includes the largest, most comprehensive analytical study published so far (in Science Magazine) and new results from aDNA throughout the Americas. He has found that Mexico is one of the most genetically diverse regions in the Americas, populated by indigenous groups that are as different from one another as Europeans are from East Asians. He emphasizes the need to complicate current practices of treating Mexicans or Latinos as a homogenous group in genetic, clinical, and population studies and consider the specific ways in which genetic variations influence biomedical traits, such as lung function. He will discuss the importance of using this diverse ethnic information to develop more personalized and effective clinical practices and medical treatments.