Pharmacogenomics and the (Ir)Relevance of Race

The Pharmacogenomics Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 104-108, 2001

6 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2010

See all articles by Phyllis Griffin Epps

Phyllis Griffin Epps

Independent

Mark A. Rothstein

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: February 1, 2001

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Griffin Epps, Phyllis and Rothstein, Mark A., Pharmacogenomics and the (Ir)Relevance of Race (February 1, 2001). The Pharmacogenomics Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 104-108, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1548041

Phyllis Griffin Epps

Independent

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Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )

Louisville, KY 40202
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/bioethics

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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