Ethnicity Has Little to Do With Genetic Makeup

No, really. io9 reports on a new study in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

Venter and the other authors of the study say that sometimes people of the same race share genetic similarities, but not often enough to base drug targeting on racial groups. The researchers prove their point by examining the two most-studied human genomes in the world: Those of white guys Craig Venter and James Watson. Turns out that the men’s genomes are dissimilar enough that they would likely respond quite differently to common antidepressants — despite the fact that both identify as white.

So, the io9 article continually refers to ethnicity as ‘race’. At which point I whip out the “there is only one race, the human race” and beat them over the head with their white privlege.

I must remember to jump on the Research server and see if I can get a hard copy of this article.


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