To the Editor: Kowal’s article resonates with our experience.1 However, the National Health and Medical Research Council has supported genetic testing in Indigenous Australians for longer than she cites. Through a 1995–1997 project grant, a 1998 PhD scholarship,2,3 a 2006 program grant and an Australia Research Fellowship (2008–), the NHMRC has supported work on kidney and related chronic diseases, in protocols endorsed by two remote communities and approved by appropriate agencies. Information from family pedigrees, phenotyping and DNA profiling underpins validation studies underway in a currently funded project grant.
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