Racial Justice

Most scientists and social scientists agree that there is no biological basis for race. Yet the idea that racial groups can be found in biology continues to make its way into human genetic research and biotechnologies. Some common examples include genetic studies on racialized health disparities, direct-to-consumer genetic ancestry tests, and forensic DNA databases. These products and practices typically try to reduce race to a set of biological markers, and fail to address the social, political, environmental, and economic inequalities that continue to make race a salient social category. Critical race scholars and racial justice advocates alike seek to promote public awareness and regulatory oversight of biotechnology to ensure that genetics isn’t used to exploit or reinforce existing institutional racial inequalities.


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Amid the barrage of racistanti-immigrant, and other attacks launched by President Trump and his administration in recent months, a series of little noted steps have threatened Native American land rights and sovereignty. Such attacks have focused on...

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The DNA testing company Color Genomics says that early next year it will offer customers a new type of gene analysis that could tell them if they are at risk of a heart attack.

Here’s the problem, though: it only...

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Nobel laureate James Watson has been stripped of honorary titles by the laboratory he once led after spewing more racist...

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Scientists have long known what causes sickle-cell disease and its devastating effects: a single mutation in one errant gene....

Blue strand of double helix DNA on black background

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A close-up on a light-skinned hand holding a tube to spit in for sending into a DNA analysis company and getting back results on genetic ancestry.

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Pipet in test tubes

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Red stained DNA markers

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Purple test tubes in rack

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Elizabeth Warren speaking at podium

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