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Eugenics Past And Present, Driven By Race, Class, Economicsby M.B. ReillyEurasia ReviewNovember 10th, 2011Historian Wendy Kline finds that eugenics is not a concept confined to past decades, nor to locales outside the United States.
Why Do We Care About Our Ancestors?The rise of genetic testing has made genealogy more popular than ever -- and transformed our concept of identity.by Eviatar ZerubavelSalonNovember 7th, 2011The rise of genetic testing has made genealogy more popular than ever - and transformed our concept of identity. What we now need is a sociological understanding of ancestry and descent.
Victims speak out about North Carolina sterilization program, which targeted women, young girls and blacksby Michelle Kessel and Jessica HopperRock CenterNovember 7th, 2011Victims of eugenic sterilization speak out in North Carolina, where they have yet to receive compensation, medical care or counseling from the state.
Bitter Fight to Determine Who Is an American Indian Turns to DNA Testingby James TaylorIndian Country Today Media NetworkOctober 13th, 2011For political and economic reasons, many Indian tribes are turning to DNA tests to determine tribal criteria, raising many concerns.
DNA Forensics: Setting the (Fool’s) Gold Standardby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesOctober 13th, 2011Emerging DNA forensic techniques require urgent scientific and legal scrutiny.
All That Glitters Isn’t Goldby Osagie K. Obasogie and Troy DusterThe Hastings Center ReportOctober 12th, 2011Expanded uses of DNA forensics suggest new ethical, legal, and social implications, but the National Research Council’s 2009 report obscured these concerns.
Kaufman on Scientists’ Complicity in Media Misrepresentations of the Relationship Between Race, Genetics, and Health Disparitiesby Osagie K. ObasogieBiopolitical TimesOctober 7th, 2011A McGill epidemiologist draws attention to what seems like a peculiar situation concerning science reporting on the relationship between race, genetics, and health disparities.
Celebrating Dorothy Roberts and Fatal Inventionby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesOctober 6th, 2011The Center for Genetics and Society co-sponsored two events celebrating Dorothy Roberts' new book, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century.
Do Health and Forensic DNA Databases Increase Racial Disparities?by Peter A Chow-White and Troy DusterPLOS MedicineOctober 4th, 2011The issue of the "digital divide" is a growing concern in health and forensic DNA databases, reflecting structural disparities in biomedical research and policing inseparable from racial disparities.
Racial Disparities in Funding At NIHby Osagie K. ObasogieBiopolitical TimesSeptember 22nd, 2011Mountains of evidence have shown that racial disparities are prevalent across the health sciences landscape. But new research shows that these disparities do not simply concern traditional issues such as relative rates of asthma or diabetes in certain populations, but also the funding mechanisms used to support scientific research.
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