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Genetics, human variation, evolution, scientific classification and more.
     
Topic Name Description
  Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Race A print-friendly version of our quick facts about race (see the What Is Race section of this Web site).
  Human Diversity - GO DEEPER SHORT SUMMARY - why doesn't it make sense to sort people into biological races?
race, genetics, anthropology, medicine, history

Race and Genomics: Is Race "Real?"

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ESSAYS - Web forum organized by the Social Sciences Research Council in response to Armand Leroi's Op-Ed in the NYT, with contributions from Troy Duster, Alan Goodman, Evelynn Hammonds, Richard Lewontin and more.
race, genetics, anthropology, medicine, history A Racialized Medical Genomics: Shiny, Bright and Wrong COMMENTARY by Robert Wallace. Several writers have recently claimed that new genomics findings demonstrate that race is biologically real after all, perhaps most notably Armand Marie Leroi's New York Times op ed of March 14, 2005. This excellent article by Robert Wallace disputes that assertion.
race, medicine, classification, genetics, social construction

WashingtonPost.com - Online Chat with Pilar Ossorio May 1, 2003

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TRANSCRIPT OF LIVE CHAT - Legal scholar and microbiologist Pilar Ossorio fields questions from viewers about science, medicine, racial classification, and more.
race and medicine Unlikely Mix: Race, Biology and Drugs OP ED BY TROY DUSTER - Can we create drugs that target different races? Should we? An exploration of some of the pitfalls of a recent study.
race and medicine The Misuse of Race in Medical Diagnosis OP ED BY RICHARD S. GARCIA - What are the consequences of making racial assumptions in the doctor's office?
race and genetics Race and Gene Studies: What Differences Make a Difference? ESSAY BY LARRY ADELMAN - What, if anything, does genetics tell us about race? How do we make sense of recent genetic discoveries that seem to follow racial lines?
genetics, biology, health, classification, law Interview with Pilar Ossorio, legal scholar and microbiologist EDITED TRANSCRIPT - Covering a wide range of topics: biological notions of race, how race is socially real, health consequences of race, drug company research, classification.
genetics, biology, human variation, skin color Interview with Richard Lewontin, evolutionary biologist EDITED TRANSCRIPT - how much genetic variation really exists between people? Can genetic research help us unlock human differences?
history of science, 19th century, medicine Interview with Evelynn Hammonds, historian of science EDITED TRANSCRIPT - 19th century race science, race and medicine, how scientists are influenced by their social context, etc.
genetics, biology, athletics Interview with Joseph Graves, Jr., evolutionary biologist EDITED TRANSCRIPT - are certain races athletically superior? How much genetic diversity is there among humans?
anthropology, biology, human variation, genetics, evolution Interview with Alan Goodman, biological anthropologist EDITED TRANSCRIPT - what are our assumptions about biology and race? What's the difference between looking at race as a social idea and a scientific one? What other explanations exist for why we look different?
anthropology, biology, athletics, classification, human variation, genetics, history of science Interview with Jonathan Marks, physical anthropologist EDITED TRANSCRIPT - why doesn't it make sense to classify people into races? How do we sort through all our confusion about genetics, biology and things like athletic ability? Where did our traditional notions of race come from?
evolution, genetics, history of science, biology, anthropology Interview with Stephen Jay Gould, evolutionary biologist EDITED TRANSCRIPT - why did different skin colors evolve? where did the term Caucasian come from? are scientists biased by their beliefs?
anthropology, classification, biology

Scientific and Folk Ideas about Heredity

ARTICLE BY JONATHAN MARKS - why do we classify people the way we do? Where do those ideas stem from, and how do others do it differently? A humorous look at the fallacies of biological race.
anthropology, classification, biology The Race Pit COMMENTARY BY ALAN GOODMAN - how do biological anthropologists continue to confuse and misunderstand race? A quick summary of why race isn't useful (and is in fact harmful) for anthropological research.
skin color, anthropology

A New Light on Skin Color

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NEWS ARTICLE - A summary of Nina Jablonski's theory suggesting that two vitamins - Vitamin D and folate - are connected to the evolution of different skin colors among humans.
anthropology, classification, biology, genetics

Races without Colors

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ARTICLE BY JARED DIAMOND - this pioneering article, published in Discover Magazine in 1994, illustrates how human traits don't co-vary with "races."

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