The use of race variables in genetic studies of complex traits and the goal of reducing health disparities: a transdisciplinary perspective.

@article{Shields2005TheUO,
  title={The use of race variables in genetic studies of complex traits and the goal of reducing health disparities: a transdisciplinary perspective.},
  author={Alexandra Elizabeth Shields and Michael Fortun and Evelynn M. Hammonds and Patricia A King and Caryn Lerman and Rayna Rapp and Patrick F. Sullivan},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  year={2005},
  volume={60 1},
  pages={77-103}
}
The use of racial variables in genetic studies has become a matter of intense public debate, with implications for research design and translation into practice. Using research on smoking as a springboard, the authors examine the history of racial categories, current research practices, and arguments for and against using race variables in genetic analyses. The authors argue that the sociopolitical constructs appropriate for monitoring health disparities are not appropriate for use in genetic… CONTINUE READING