Posts 2020-05-31


I figured now was as good a time as any to bring up a topic near and dear to me - racialized medicine. Which is to say - is BS. “These observers point out that the use of these categories reinforces the widespread impression that health inequities arise through the action of genetic differences and independent of socially mediated mechanisms. In this way, genetics research that involves making population comparisons can inaccurately stereotype racial and ethnic groups, both by implying that such groups are clearly delineated and by associating health outcomes with all individuals in those groups rather than with only those individuals who exhibit the outcome. Furthermore, according to critics, an overemphasis on the genetic component of health differences shifts attention and resources away from established contributors to health disparities—in particular, the differences in treatment and socioeconomic disadvantages that disproportionately affect minority groups…Genetics research offers no evidence that any one group is superior or inferior to any other, although some individuals continue to try to distort genetic findings to buttress prejudiced outlooks. Biomedical research that accentuates genetic differences among groups, say critics of this research, is as conceptually flawed as the race science of the 19th century.” The Use of Racial, Ethnic, and Ancestral Categories in Human Genetics Research, Race, Ethnicity, and Genetics Working Group*, American Journal of Human Genetics.

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