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When it comes to medicine, how we define slippery concepts like race, gender and age matters

The foundation of medical research, which is considered the gold standard, is the Randomized Controlled Trial when individuals are matched ...
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Podcast: Mapping Humanity—How modern genetics is changing criminal justice, personalized medicine, and our identities

Innovations in genetics are already changing our lives for the better, and will continue to do so. Using gene-editing technology, ...
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Who is most vulnerable by age and race to die from COVID-19?

While coronavirus is obviously concerning and a very real threat to some people (namely, the elderly and immunocompromised), these data ...
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Structural discrimination: COVID-19 illuminates healthcare inequalities for blacks

The disparities have long been documented. Black people are more likely than white people to die from cancer. They are ...
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Viewpoint: Blacks raise questions about racial stereotyping of autism diagnoses and therapies

Part of the reason people are quick to stereotype me is that there is no research on middle-aged black women ...
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For those with limited genetic knowledge, at-home ancestry tests fuel misconceptions that genes dictate race

University of Pennsylvania sociologist Wendy Roth [wondered] whether these do-it-yourself tests also fueled the idea that genes dictate race. After ...
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Genetics and race: An awkward conversation during volatile times

Discussing inter-group divergence is largely taboo. So do we just ignore the deluge of data? ...
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University of Hawaii launches research into why ‘certain individuals and racial/ethnic groups’ might be at greater risk from COVID-19

LifeDNA, Inc., a pioneering personal genomics company, has initiated a coronavirus study aimed at understanding why certain individuals and racial/ethnic ...
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What’s ‘race’ got to do with it? Most of sub-Saharan Africa emerges as coronavirus ‘cold spot’, which may offer clues to finding COVID-19 vaccine

Do diseases discriminate on the basis of 'race'—or their genetic population, using more precise terminology? On the surface, this may ...
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‘One piece of the puzzle’: Exploring differences in medical care for black and white children with autism

Black children with autism who are hospitalized for psychiatric problems are more impaired than their white peers, according to a ...
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Podcast: ‘How to argue with a racist’—geneticist Adam Rutherford challenges what he calls ‘pseudoscience’ in genetics and politics

Adam Rutherford explains how to argue with a racist, hunting for the ghosts in the human genome, and recreating the ...
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Lack of minority donors in bone marrow registries ‘one part of a larger, systemic, problem’

People of two or more races are uniquely disadvantaged when it comes to bone marrow matching. Blood diseases such as ...
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A third of cancer drug clinical trials don’t report on race. Here’s why that matters

One-third of the clinical trials that led to new cancer drugs approved between 2008 and 2018 didn’t report on the ...
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What happens when DNA tests show that white nationalists aren’t as ‘pure’ as they thought?

On the hate site Stormfront, one of the largest online discussion forums dedicated to “white pride,” sharing DNA results with ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Race realists’ distort science to promote controversial political views

Far-right and anti-immigrant groups have once more become visible and powerful across Europe and the US. … I have spent ...
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Why the promise of precision drug treatments is blunted by a lack of racial diversity in genetics research

A lack of racial and ethnic diversity in pharmacogenomic research is raising questions about whether poorly represented groups are being ...
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Black-white cancer mortality gap has narrowed significantly, ‘but we still have a long way to go’

Longtime cancer disparities between African Americans and whites — with blacks having a sharply higher mortality rate — have narrowed ...
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‘Race’ may affect the way Alzheimer’s attacks the brain

Research on Alzheimer’s has mainly focused on Caucasians. New findings, however, suggest the disease process that leads to dementia may ...
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Why DNA ethnicity results are so unreliable

Everyone who received DNA test kits during the holiday season has hopefully spit or swabbed and mailed and is now ...
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Failure of race-based medicine? We aren’t accounting for the unique genetics of biracial and multiracial populations

For several decades in modern medicine history, human race has been used as a constant variable to predict and/or determine ...
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Viewpoint: Why consumer DNA tests are more dangerous than you might think

Commercial DNA testing isn’t just harmless entertainment. It’s keeping alive ideas that deserve to die ...
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Race and genetics: How our ancestry both limits and exacerbates disease risks

Members of different ethnic groups living in the same region may have widely varying life expectancies. A wide range of ...
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Why the promise of personalized medicine could fall short for minorities

African-Americans are underrepresented in large-scale genetic and neuroscience studies ...
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Quest to fight skin cancer with machine learning may have a diversity problem

As the rates of melanoma for all Americans continue a 30-year climb, dermatologists have begun exploring new technologies to try ...
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Measuring intelligence and IQ, and the problems that presents

For more than a century, IQ tests have been used to measure IQ. But their use is hotly debated by ...
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Time to stop treating men and women the same when it comes to drug treatments

Studies have shown that males and females metabolize drugs differently, suggesting we should be spending more time studying those differences ...
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Ignore at your own peril: Race plays role in cancer and other health risks

It may be uncomfortable to discuss, but there are genetic and biological differences among races and genders. Ignoring these factors ...
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Are doctors disregarding racial genetic risk factors when treating patients?

We know that some population groups are at greater risk for developing certain diseases. But a recent study says many ...