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Ancestry of cells must be considered in bioengineering

Bioengineered platforms, intended to be used in the investigation of human health and disease, often incorporate cells of unknown ancestry or that lack diversity. To develop tools and platforms that benefit the entire human population, we must consider the ancestry of cells and intentionally diversify the cells we use in our designs.

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Fig. 1: Ancestry should be included at all levels in biomedical research.


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Moore, E., Allen, J.B., Mulligan, C.J. et al. Ancestry of cells must be considered in bioengineering. Nat Rev Mater 7, 2–4 (2022).

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