Dobzhansky’s Paradox and the Future of Racial Research
This chapter talks about how the continued claims for the utilization of race as a tool for classification are driven by four factors. Firstly, the reductionist ontology underlying genomic science gave rise to the idea that biology is destiny, and that genes hold the information for understanding the human species. Secondly, genomic technology enhanced scientists' ability to examine the 0.1 percent of nucleic acids in the human genome which vary between individuals. Thirdly, genetic explanations are being used in understanding health disparities. Finally, the history of the biological race concept exhibits how race is deeply rooted in scientific and social thought. However, despite these factors, Theodosius Dobzhansky, L. C. Dunn, Richard Lewontin, and Craig Venter firmly contend that race is not a particularly useful measure of human genetic diversity.
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