The notion of a worldwide HDGP was stifled by a couple of things. The upshot was that the HGDP was funded never. What exactly are the ‘populations’ and what does ‘diversity’ properly include? The worthiness, potential and humane need for properly sampling humans beyond the major large populations in Europe and North America is obvious, however the new paper makes the case mainly for the larger ‘mainline’ populations other than Europeans.
Unfortunately, though even they are numerous in the census sense, these are heterogeneous and it is unclear who, exactly, and exactly how, current data stand for them. Can we just blithely say we need to include ‘Africans’ to address the representativeness problem? Are, for example, African-Americans, not to mention ‘Hispanic-Americans’ yet among possible examples? As, well as the same regarding Asians.
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The current paper deals with these issues at least somewhat. But then what about, say, New Zealand natives, or Cherokees, other small populations, or which castes and from which elements of India must we collect data? How exhaustive should we sample and how can complex genomes effectively be parsed in this way (not forgetting environments–a subject at least acknowledged by Sirugo et al.). Now while I concur that increasing sampling of individual diversity is very important to many reasons, not least being fairness, the paper promises that it will increase or improve … Read more