The erasure of race in genetics

“Race doesn’t exist.” I remember the first time I heard this.  I was in my evolution class in undergrad.  My professor pulled up a picture of two subspecies of bird.  They looked exactly alike, and my professor mentioned that there is less genetic diversity between humans than between these two identical looking subspecies of bird.  Then he said it.  Race doesn’t exist. My partner happened to be taking the class with me.  She might have been falling asleep that lecture, we were always running on just a couple hours of sleep and the dim lights didn’t help.  Or she might have[…]

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Why science is political

That Profound Moment I was late that morning to the Precision Health Symposium, having slept in and missed my train, but the first speaker was still talking when I arrived.  Instead of pushing my way around round tables that didn’t quite make sense for a day of presentations, I chose to stand at the back of the room until he finished speaking.  I wasn’t the only person who was at the back.  Several others were leaning on walls or sitting on small tables.  And as the speaker went on about genetic screening, I found myself very engaged in the way[…]

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