Genetic claims and credibility: Revisiting history and remaking race

Keith Wailoo, Catherine Lee, Alondra Nelson

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We may think we know who we are and where we come from, but we live in an age when science and business compete for our attention-telling us in the media, in courtrooms, in clinical settings, and in political contexts that they possess the secrets to our identities. Observing the multiple clashes in law, medicine, and politics, we may rightly ask: What degree of authority should we grant to the claims that geneticists have unlocked the past and uncovered the truth about racial or ethnic or national identities? Does the evidence support the sweeping claims that we have solved historical mysteries of racial origin and lineage once and for all, or settled other contentious disputes from the past with genetic analysis?.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationGenetics and the Unsettled Past
Subtitle of host publicationThe Collision of DNA, Race, and History
PublisherRutgers University Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780813552545
StatePublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences

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