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National research program returns first results to local participants

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Local participants of a recent study may soon receive a closer look at their ancestry.

Starting in 2018, people donated bio-samples as part of the All of Us Research Program, led by the National Institutes of Health.

The research is nationwide with more than 270,000 people participating.

Now, those who took part locally with UW Health will start to see those results.

"To investigate some of the biggest health risks that we experience in the United States, but one of the most important parts of the "All of Us" program that is the first truly representative research program sponsored by the NIH," said Dr. Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, professor of Kinesiology and Medicine, UW-Madison.

The research focuses on communities that are historically under-represented in biomedical research.

Those include racial and ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities and other groups.

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