Do advances in genomic biology create a scientific rationale for
long-discredited racial categories? Leading scholars in law,
medicine, biology, sociology, history, anthropology, and psychology
examine the impact of modern genetics on the concept of race.
Contributors trace the interplay between genetics and race in
forensic DNA databanks, the biology of intelligence, DNA ancestry
markers, and racialized medicine. Each essay explores commonly held
and unexamined assumptions and misperceptions about race in science
and popular culture.
This collection begins with the historical origins and current
uses of the concept of "race" in science. It follows with an
analysis of the role of race in DNA databanks and racial
disparities in the criminal justice system. Essays then consider
the rise of recreational genetics in the form of for-profit testing
of genetic ancestry and the introduction of racialized medicine,
specifically through an FDA-approved heart drug called BiDil,
marketed to African American men. Concluding sections discuss the
contradictions between our scientific and cultural understandings
of race and the continuing significance of race in educational and
criminal justice policy.