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Genetics and Race:
Current Research and Societal Impact

Suggested Articles

The Genetic Archaeology of Race by Steve Olson

"Genetics research is demonstrating that the differences in appearance among groups are profoundly incidental, but these differences do have a genetic basis. And although it's true that all people have inherited the same genetic legacy, the genetic differences among groups have important implications for our understanding of history and for biomedical research. These complications in an otherwise reassuring story have thoroughly spooked the leaders of the public and private genome efforts."

Genetics and race: Researchers explore why rates of diseases vary from one population to another by Byron Spice

"One of the ultimate dreams of geneticists and pharmacologists is to someday tailor drug therapies to each patient, an idea called pharmacogenomics. In so doing, each person would receive the drug that is most effective for him and causes the fewest side effects.
Racial groupings would be meaningless, because the tailoring would be based on genetic analysis of each individual, not on groups."

American Anthropological Association Statement on "Race"

"Historical research has shown that the idea of "race" has always carried more meanings than mere physical differences; indeed, physical variations in the human species have no meaning except the social ones that humans put on them."

Does Race Exist? A proponent's perspective by George W. Gill

"The "reality of race" therefore depends more on the definition of reality than on the definition of race. If we choose to accept the system of racial taxonomy that physical anthropologists have traditionally established -- major races: black, white, etc. -- then one can classify human skeletons within it just as well as one can living humans."