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Bustamante is a Stanford University geneticist, Mac Arthur genius and generally awesome.
Originally from Venezuela, Bustamante is working to include more Latinos and African-Americans in genetic research in order to better understand how diseases affect these populations over time, especially since this field is traditionally geared towards white populations.
Black Voice News reported: Work by the award-winning geneticist, who was born in Venezuela, has helped to expand testing in a global study that is known as the 1000 Genomes project and was launched in 2008 to map the genes of at least 1,000 people worldwide.
An international group of scientists is taking DNA samples, analyzing them, and sharing the findings.
The study started with samples taken in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the United States.
But, Bustamante immediately recognized that South America was missing from the project, which the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is coordinating.
He successfully pressed for adding Colombia, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Barbados.