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  • This conclusion discusses a shift in genomics scholarship from disinterest in race to a commitment to understanding race. It describes the issues and misconceptions emerging from this new race-related genomics research. Most of the writers in the field of race and genomics have slowly but inevitably come to the realization that, as social scientists have long known, the disconnect between the data produced by scientific studies and the way these results are interpreted and appropriated by the general public has all the allure of cognitive dissonance. Most scholars start the story of this disconnect with the advent of the very public Human Genome Project under the Clinton administration. The discoveries of the Human Genome Project failed to completely transcend race. After examining both Western and non-Western cases, this chapter illuminates six main points related to the genomics-race interface that should be highlighted in the future study of this area.

author list (cited authors)

  • Suzuki, K., & von Vacano, D. A.

complete list of authors

  • Suzuki, Kazuko||von Vacano, Diego A

Book Title

  • Reconsidering Race: Social Science Perspectives on Racial Categories in the Age of Genomics

publication date

  • May 2018