Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Genes, Gender and Race

Via PLos this interesting review of a play called Relativity which deals with issues involving our knowledge of genetics:

Paradoxes of Difference
Can "race" be gleaned from our genes? Concern over the emerging trajectories of genetics research has led to ongoing debates about how to characterize and interpret genetic variation. Despite the mantra that humans share 99.9% of our genetic makeup, there is increasing interest in identifying the relatively small percentage difference that distinguishes individuals. Therein lies the paradox: if we are all the same, why do we continue to search for the ways in which we differ from one another?


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