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What Genetics Has to Say about Racial Categorization of Humans (2017)


Human racial classification can be numbered among the most conspicuous scientific fiascos ever. Many racial catalogs have been proposed across the centuries, but each of them is inconsistent with all other catalogs. The study of human genomes is now showing us why. As already proposed by Frank Livingstone in the Sixties, human genome diversity has proved to be continuous across the geographical space; genetic variances among members of the same population exceed by far the variances between different populations. Because of these factors, lines separating different groups on the map are largely arbitrary. Although a large number of papers, especially clinical papers from the US, still makes use of racial definitions, genomics has demonstrated that characterizing people on racial grounds has no objective basis and is useless in all conceivable applications to medicine and pharmacology.

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Authors & Contributors
TallBear, Kimberly
Rajagopalan, Ramya
Fujimura, Joan H.
Brzović, Zdenka
Costa, Rossella
Wentzell, Emily A.
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Social Studies of Science
Social History of Medicine
Science as Culture
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
New School University
University of Minnesota Press
University of Chicago Press
Rutgers University Press
Profile Books
Oxford University Press
Human genetics
Science and race
Dobzhansky, Theodosius
Mayr, Ernst
Haldane, John Burdon Sanderson
Foucault, Michel
Crow, James Franklin
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
19th century
United States
Hawaii (U.S.)
Great Britain
Human Genome Project

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