When you learned about evolution, you probably were taught about random genetic variation in populations, inheritance of traits and about the role of natural selection in bringing about the “survival of the fittest.” This is often referred to as the Modern Synthesis of evolutionary theory. Some scientists think these principles are insufficient to explain the full breadth of evolution…
In his book, renowned scientist and Templeton Prize winner Francis Collins tells his own story of the encounter between faith and science.
Income differences fall starkly along racial lines in America (graphs like these are striking). Poverty then impacts physical and mental health, including an individual’s DNA as described in this research.
Humans share 99.9% of the same genetic material, regardless of complexion or other physical features. There is no genetic sequence that can be used to identify racial groups. Biological anthropologist Agustin Fuentes explains what we know about race and genetics and that race remains real not as a biological category but as a social one.
In his work to understand health disparity, geneticist Rich Kittles helps us to understand race in terms of biology, social construction and public health category in this TEDx Talk. In doing so, he unpacks what we now about ancestry, a more adequate category for understanding health differences among populations.