We encourage you to republish this article online and in print, it’s free under our creative commons attribution license, but please follow some simple guidelines:
  1. You have to credit our authors.
  2. You have to credit SciDev.Net — where possible include our logo with a link back to the original article.
  3. You can simply run the first few lines of the article and then add: “Read the full article on SciDev.Net” containing a link back to the original article.
  4. If you want to also take images published in this story you will need to confirm with the original source if you're licensed to use them.
  5. The easiest way to get the article on your site is to embed the code below.
For more information view our media page and republishing guidelines.

The full article is available here as HTML.

Press Ctrl-C to copy

Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, met some compatriots in the United States this month — to discuss DNA sequencing. The Buddhist leader dropped in on the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research during a visit to Boston, Massachusetts.

Some 20 Tibetans work at the Whitehead, making them the largest ethnic-minority group involved in the Human Genome Project, about 10 per cent of the workforce. It started when director Eric Lander, looking for careful people with some scientific background, recruited former milk-factory inspector Nyime Norbu in 1991.

Like their Buddhist leader, the Tibetan genome-sequencers left their homeland after the Chinese took power.

Link to Nature news story

Reference: Nature 425, 335 (2003)

Related topics