Genes, Race, and Population: Avoiding a Collision of Categories

American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 96, p. 6, 2006

6 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2011

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Jonathan D. Kahn

Northeastern University - School of Law; Northeastern University - Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity

Date Written: January 1, 2006

Abstract

A wide array of federal mandates have a profound impact on the use of racial and ethnic categories in biomedical research, clinical practice, product development, and health policy. Current discussions over the appropriate use of racial and ethnic categories in biomedical contexts have largely focused on the practices of individual researchers. By contrast, our discussion focuses on relations between the daily practices of biomedical professionals and its draws upon the legal doctrine of equal protection to move beyond such debates and to propose guidelines to address the structural forces imposed by federal regulations that mandate how data about race and ethnicity are used in biomedical research. It offers a framework to manage the tension involved in using existing federally mandated categories of race and ethnicity alongside new scientific findings about human genetic variation.

Keywords: Genes, race, population, ethnicity, biomedical, clinical, health, research, genetics

Suggested Citation

Kahn, Jonathan D., Genes, Race, and Population: Avoiding a Collision of Categories (January 1, 2006). American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 96, p. 6, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1950300

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