UCL Division of Biosciences



Consortium for the Analysis of the Diversity and Evolution of Latin America.

We are an international, multidisciplinary consortium involving academic researchers studying the biological diversity of Latin Americans and its social context. We are currently focusing on individuals from five countries: Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Brazil. In these individuals we are performing a characterization of their physical appearance, examining their genetic make-up and social background, and evaluating their perception and attitudes regarding themselves and others. With this research we aim to probe a broad range of questions relevant to anthropological, biological and medical research. We also aim to explore the complex relationship between social and biological factors impinging on ideas about ethnic identity and race, and reflectively examine the motivations of biological research in Latin American populations.

Our work is supported by the academic institutions involved: the Leverhulme Trust, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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