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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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Dobzhansky’s Paradox and the Future of Racial Research

(p.211) Epilogue
Race Unmasked

Michael Yudell

J. Craig Venter

Columbia University Press

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.

Keywords:   race, genomic science, genomic technology, biological race concept, Theodosius Dobzhansky, L. C. Dunn, Richard Lewontin, Craig Venter, human genetic diversity

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