Embrace Diversity

Everyone has a right to belong

Support diversity, inclusion and harmony. Everyone has the right to be included.

Australia is made stronger by the diversity of its people.

Australia is one of the most multicultural and diverse societies on earth.

People today look remarkably diverse on the outside. There is variation among individual human beings, from size and shape to skin tone and eye color. But we are much more alike than we are different. We are, in fact, remarkably similar. There is no reason to assume that “races” represent any units of relevance for understanding human genetic diversity.


Early studies on human diversity showed that most genetic diversity was found between individuals rather than between populations or continents.

Gradual variation and isolation by distance on a worldwide scale are better representations of global genetic diversity than are discontinuities among continents or “races.” The pattern seen is one of gradients, that extend over the entire world, rather than discrete clusters. There is no reason to assume that major genetic discontinuities exist between different continents or “races.”

An understanding of how genetic diversity is structured in the human species is not only of anthropological and political importance, but also of medical relevance.

read more: Evidence for Gradients of Human Genetic Diversity Within and Among Continents


How Our Genes Change Our Lives and Our Lives Change Our Genes

This groundbreaking book shows how the human genome is far more fluid and fascinating than we imagined.

Conventional wisdom dictates that our genetic destiny is fixed at conception. Although a child may recover from the psychological trauma caused by childhood bullying, their genes may remain changed for life.

This book masterfully demonstrates what rare genetic conditions can teach us all about our own health and well being.

People with rare genetic conditions hold the keys to medical problems affecting millions.

Hardcover – April 15, 2014
by Sharon Moalem MD PhD (Author)

Human Variome Project

The Human Variome Project provides a central repository hub for global data sharing of genetic information with direct application to improving global health.

One way to address the global challenges of public health in developing countries is through international collaboration to share data.

It is important to do this not just for humanitarian reasons but because open information is at the heart of scientific progress.

One field in which this is particularly evident is genomic research, which has made revolutionary progress in recent years. There has been an explosion in research to discover the function of each of the twenty thousand or so human genes.

via The Human Variome Project | Science & Diplomacy.

One of the main goals of UNESCO is the development of international science that meets social needs in health, food, education, and other standards of living.

The Human Variome Project establishes and maintains the necessary standards, systems and infrastructure for genetic knowledge sharing, offers training and education for clinicians, researchers and the general public and works with individual countries to build their medical genetics and genomics capacity.

These activities promote the development of better genetic services and will lead to the improvement of genetic treatment and diagnostic abilities worldwide.

via The Human Variome Project – Sharing data – Reducing disease

Rare genetic conditions can teach us about our own health and well being.

People with rare genetic conditions hold the keys to medical problems affecting millions.

Hardcover – April 15, 2014
by Sharon Moalem MD PhD (Author)