Changing the paradigm from 'race' to human genome variation.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Knowledge from the Human Genome Project and research on human genome variation increasingly challenges the applicability of the term 'race' to human population groups, raising questions about the validity of inferences made about 'race' in the biomedical and scientific literature. Despite the acknowledged contradictions in contemporary science, population-based genetic variation is continually used to explain differences in health between 'racial' and 'ethnic' groups. In this commentary we posit that resolution of apparent paradoxes in relating biology to 'race' and genetics requires thinking 'outside of the box'.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Royal, CDM; Dunston, GM

Published Date

  • November 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 11 Suppl

Start / End Page

  • S5 - S7

PubMed ID

  • 15508004

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1546-1718

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1061-4036

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/ng1454


  • eng