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The advent of single-cell resolution sequencing and spatial transcriptomics has enabled the delivery of cellular and molecular atlases of tissues and organs, providing new insights into tissue health and disease. However, if the full potential of these technologies is to be equitably realised, ancestrally inclusivity is paramount. Such a goal requires greater inclusion of both researchers and donors in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In this perspective, we describe the current landscape of ancestral inclusivity in genomic and single-cell transcriptomic studies. We discuss the collaborative efforts needed to scale the barriers to establishing, expanding, and adopting single-cell sequencing research in LMICs and to enable globally impactful outcomes of these technologies.

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Eur J Hum Genet

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