Human Genome Diversity Project (HGDP)


The Human Genome Diversity Project was proposed as a public project to collect and analyze DNA samples from diverse human populations. While never realized as an actual DNA collection, the investigation of human genetic variation largely has been taken over by more biomedically oriented initiatives.

Keywords: genetic variation; diversity; indigenous people; bioethics; race; ethnicity


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M'Charek A (2005) The Human Genome Diversity Project. An Ethnography of Scientific Practice. Cambridge University Press. pp. 1–224.

The Human Genome Diversity Project website is to be found at

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Foster, Morris W(Jul 2008) Human Genome Diversity Project (HGDP). In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005173.pub2]