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Race UnmaskedBiology and Race in the Twentieth Century$
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Michael Yudell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168748

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168748.001.0001

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Race in the Genomic Age

Race in the Genomic Age

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(p.201) 11 Race in the Genomic Age
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Race Unmasked
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Michael Yudell

J. Craig Venter

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231168748.003.0012

This chapter analyzes the relationship between molecular and evolutionary biology. By the mid-1960s, a new generation of evolutionary biologists—including Richard Lewontin and Jack Hubby—attempted to promote significant collaborations between the fields, albeit with little success as the two subjects remained distinct. The emergence of the 1989 Human Genome Project generated fear in the academic community, as many scientists worried that it may reignite a form of biological determinism, along with racial science in the genomic age. Within the context of the race concept's history, it is interesting to note how the Human Genome Diversity Project (HGDP), HapMap Project, and pharmacogenomics demonstrate the fact that scientists readily claim the race concept as a reasonable proxy for genetic diversity despite its limited utility as a classificatory tool.

Keywords:   molecular biology, evolutionary biology, Richard Lewontin, Jack Hubby, Human Genome Project, HGDP, HapMap project, pharmacogenomics, genetic diversity

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