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Remove Race from Human Genetic Research, Drexel Author Contends

A group of scientists are urging their colleagues to take a step forward and stop using racial categories when researching and studying human genetics. “Language matters, and the scientific language of race has a significant influence on how the public (which includes scientists) understands human diversity,” wrote Dr. Michael Yudell, associate professor and chair of Community Health and Prevention in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University, and colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania and the American Museum of Natural History in Science. The team of experts believes that race should be phased out from genetic research and more deliberate language like “ancestry or population” used to describe the grouping for studies. “Having journals rationalize the use of classificatory terminology in studying human genetic diversity would force scientists to clarify their use and allow researchers to understand and interpret data across studies.”

http://drexel.edu/now/archive/2016/February/Race_Genetic_Study/