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AfriGeneas World Research Forum

Racial and ethnic categories in biomedical research

Racial and ethnic categories in biomedical research
J. Law, Medicine, & Ethics, Vo.. 34, no. 3 (Fall 2006)

The Fall 2006 issue of the JLME featured a Symposium on uses of racial and ethnic categories in biomedical research. Abstracts are included where available.

Wolf, Susan M.

Introduction: debating the use of racial and ethnic categories in research.

Duster, Troy.

Lessons from history: why race and ethnicity have played a major role in biomedical research.

Cho, Mildred K.

Racial and ethnic categories in biomedical research: there is no baby in the bathwater.

Abstract:

The use of racial categories in biomedicine has had a long history in the United States. However, social hierarchy and discrimination, justified by purported scientific differences, has also plagued the history of racial categories. Because "race" has some correlation with biological and genetic characteristics, there has been a call not to "throw the baby out with the bathwater" by eliminating race as a research or clinical category. I argue that race is too undefined and fluid to be useful as a proxy for biology or genetics.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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