Misuse of the term ‘trans-ethnic’ in genomics research

Nature Genetics
Volume 53 Issue 11, November 2021


Comment | 05 November 2021
Misuse of the term ‘trans-ethnic’ in genomics research
A concerning trend in genetics is the common use of the term ‘trans-ethnic’ to describe analyses that combine or compare several ancestrally diverse populations. In this commentary, we discuss how this term is inaccurate and alienating. We propose that geneticists avoid using the term trans-ethnic entirely and that researchers across disciplines reach a new consensus about the best terms to use to describe the populations we study.
Mireille Kamariza, Lorin Crawford, Hilary Finucane