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Race in a BottleThe Story of BiDil and Racialized Medicine in a Post-Genomic Age$
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Jonathan Kahn

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231162999

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231162999.001.0001

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Not Fade Away

Not Fade Away

The Persistence of Race and the Politics of the “Meantime” in Pharmacogenomics

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(p.157) 6 Not Fade Away
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Race in a Bottle
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Thom van Dooren

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231162999.003.0006

This chapter examines the broader forces driving the persistent use of race in biomedical research and practice. It explores “the politics of the meantime” in pharmacogenomics, arguing that debates over the appropriate use of race in biomedicine are being obscured or sidestepped by appeals to use race as an interim surrogate for genetic variation and that the need for race will “fade away” once the promised land of truly individualized pharmacogenomic medicine is attained. However, there is a distinctive politics to this claim that allows racialized medicine to persist and flourish in the face of the very same genomic advances that are supposed to render it irrelevant.

Keywords:   biomedical research, race, pharmacogenomics, biomedicine, racialized medicine

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