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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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Conclusions and Recommendations

Conclusions and Recommendations

(p.225) Conclusions and Recommendations
Race in a Bottle

Thom van Dooren

Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter presents preliminary recommendations about how best to approach the use of racial categories in biomedical theory and practice, given that biomedical progress has always been inextricably bound up with commerce in the U.S. The issue, however, is not whether commerce should affect biomedical research or practice, but what the proper balance between commerce and science is. New drug applications should be guided by a strict scrutiny framework similar to that employed in constitutional jurisprudence. Similarly, whenever an applicant uses race in relation to biology before an agent of the state, a justification for the use should be required. Demanding a clear and full articulation of the basis and justification for developing and employing such correlations should be considered an essential starting point for confronting the challenges to come.

Keywords:   biomedical progress, racial categories, commerce, constitutional jurisprudence, biomedical theory, biomedical research

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