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Race and the Genetic Revolution


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"There is perhaps no issue that is of more interest and relevance to the social study of science and public health than race and genetics, and the editors are leaders in the field. Novel and forward thinking, this book will be a valuable addition to a literature that needs to be brought up to speed." -- David Rosner, Columbia University and Mailman School of Public Health

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Acknowledgments Introduction: How Science Embraced the Racialization of Human Populations Sheldon Krimsky Part I. Science and Race: Historical and Evolutionary Perspectives 1. A Short History of the Race Concept, by Michael Yudell 2. Natural Selection, the Human Genome, and the Idea of Race, by Robert Pollack Part II. Forensic DNA Databases, Race, and the Criminal Justice System 3. Racial Disparities in Databanking of DNA Profiles, by Michael T. Risher 4. Prejudice, Stigma, and DNA Databases, by Helen Wallace Part III. Ancestry Testing 5. Ancestry Testing and DNA: Uses, Limits, and Caveat Emptor, by Troy Duster 6. Can DNA "Witness" Race? Forensic Uses of an Imperfect Ancestry Testing Technology, by Duana Fullwiley Part IV. Racialized Medicine 7. BiDil and Racialized Medicine, by Jonathan Kahn 8. Evolutionary Versus Racial Medicine: Why it Matters?, by Joseph L. Graves, Jr. Part V. Intelligence and Race 9. Myth and Mystification: The Science of Race and IQ, by Pilar N. Ossorio 10. Intelligence, Race, and Genetics, by Robert J. Sternberg, Elena L. Grigorenko, Kenneth K. Kidd, and Steven E. Stemler Part VI. Contemporary Culture, Race, and Genetics 11. The Elusive Variability of Race, by Patricia J. Williams 12. Race, Genetics, and the Regulatory Need for Race Impact Assessments, by Osagie K. Obasogie Conclusion: Toward a Remedy for the Social Consequences of Racial Myths, by Kathleen Sloan List of Contributors Index

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Sheldon Krimsky is professor of urban and environmental policy and planning and adjunct professor of public health and community medicine at Tufts University. He is the author of nine books, including Science in the Private Interest: Has the Lure of Profit Corrupted Biomedical Research? and is coauthor with Tania Simoncelli of the recent Columbia University Press title Genetic Justice: DNA Databanks, Criminal Justice, and Civil Liberties. Kathleen Sloan has run nonprofit organizations for more than twenty years and has directed communications and public relations functions for multinational corporations and nonprofits. She organized a major national conference on the impact of forensic DNA databanks on racial disparities in the criminal justice system for the Council for Responsible Genetics, where she formerly directed programs on both race and genetics and women and biotechnology.


There is perhaps no issue that is of more interest and relevance to the social study of science and public health than race and genetics, and Sheldon Krimsky and Kathleen Sloan are leaders in the field. Novel and forward thinking, this book will be a valuable addition to a literature that needs to be brought up to speed. -- David Rosner, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University A signal contribution. This volume wonderfully reflects the mission and track record of the Council for Responsible Genetics in clarifying the content and social significance of complex scientific issues and demystifying the ideological penumbras that surround them. I can hardly wait for this book to begin circulation. It should be read and taught as widely as possible. -- Adolph Reed Jr., University of Pennsylvania Essential reading for researchers, students, and policymakers seeking to challenge the new racial genetics. -- Dorothy Roberts, author of Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century Health and science collections alike will find this college-level discussion offers important connections between science and cultural awareness of race, and makes for key reading for students and researchers alike. Midwest Book Review An important strength of this timely,engaging, and readable book-and what distinguishes it from some others-is the claritywith which it demonstrates how genomics findings in one discipline... are applied to others... PsycCRITIQUES

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