“We can wipe an entire culture”: fears and promises of DNA biobanking among Native Americans

  title={“We can wipe an entire culture”: fears and promises of DNA biobanking among Native Americans},
  author={Roberto Abadie and Kathleen Heaney},
  journal={Dialectical Anthropology},
This paper explores Native American perceptions on DNA biobanking. A qualitative study was conducted among self-declared Native Americans living off reservation in two Midwest cities. Findings demonstrate a paradox: Informants maintain strong hopes for the transformative power of gene-based research while voicing very particular social anxieties. Emerging genomic technologies elicit concerns over the potential for genetic stigmatization or discrimination based on race, preventing access to… 

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