Pharmacogenomics and the (Ir)Relevance of Race
The Pharmacogenomics Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 104-108, 2001
6 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2010
Date Written: February 1, 2001
Race, as opposed to ethnicity, is a predictor of questionable value for differences in susceptibility to, and pathogenesis of, disease susceptibility. As social constructs, however, both race and ethnicity are powerful organizing forces employed both by those who use differences to stigmatize and those who view differences as a source of pride, community, and shared history.
Even as society acknowledges that humans are more alike than different, efforts to eliminate race in medical research are met with as much suspicion as those attempts to employ race in research design. In some instances, the opposition to abandon racial categories has come from those groups who have historically suffered poor treatment or stigma based on race. History has bred distrust among historically disfavored population groups of the possible agendas of those who would now abandon racial categories as a marker or measuring stick for any purpose.
Keywords: genetics, genetic discrimination, discrimination, automony, justice, beneficence
JEL Classification: K31, K32
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