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Researchers to Return Blood Samples to the Yanomamö

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Science  04 Jun 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5983, pp. 1218
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5983.1218

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Researchers will be releasing parts of their collections of samples taken from the Yanomamö in Brazil and Venezuela during fieldwork in the 1960s and early 1970s to the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C., which in turn will escort them back to Brazil and the Yanomamö tribe. Venezuela has not asked for samples taken from its Yanomamö tribes. The return marks at least the third time that an indigenous group has retrieved DNA or other tissue from scientists, suggesting a shifting landscape in genetics studies on indigenous people.