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Oct
6

Navajo Nation reconsiders ban on genetic research

The tribal government banned DNA studies in 2002 to prevent the misuse of its members’ genetic material. Although there is still some apprehension about the risk of allowing researchers access to Navajo DNA, the tribe’s leaders increasingly see genetic research as a tool to improve medical care for the 174,000 residents of their sprawling reservation, which is roughly the size of Scotland.

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