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Race and Genomics

Citation

Cooper, Richard S.; Kaufman, Jay S.; & Ward, Ryk (2003). Race and Genomics. New England Journal of Medicine, 348(12), 1166-70.

Abstract

Race is a thoroughly contentious topic, as one might expect of an idea that intrudes on the everyday life of so many people. The modern concept of race grew out of the experience of Europeans in naming and organizing the populations encountered in the rapid expansion of their empires.1 As a way to categorize humans, race has since come to take on a wide range of meanings, mixing social and biologic ingredients in varied proportions. This plasticity has made it a tool that fits equally well in the hands of demagogues who want to justify genocide and eugenics and of health scientists who want to improve surveillance for disease. It is not surprising, therefore, that diametrically opposing views have been voiced about its scientific and social value.2,3 Indeed, few other concepts used in the conduct of ordinary science are the subject of a passionate debate about whether they actually exist.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMsb022863

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

New England Journal of Medicine

Author(s)

Cooper, Richard S.
Kaufman, Jay S.
Ward, Ryk

Year Published

2003

Volume Number

348

Issue Number

12

Pages

1166-70

Reference ID

2024