New article from Genetics, Ethics & Society impact team


The American Journal of Human Genetics has published an article by Justice, Health & Democracy Impact Initiative (JHD) Fellow, Anna Lewis, Research Assistant, Maddie Mauro, and Director, Danielle Allen, among others. The article offers a scoping review of 121 published articles on the use of population descriptors including race, ethnicity, and ancestry in biomedicine. Their review finds that while much has been said about the potential harms of using such descriptors when examining human differences, the guidance offered varies greatly. By examining the extant literature, the authors hope to educate those entering the field of genetics and to aid the development of more effective guidelines for future genetics research.

Read “A scoping review of guidelines for the use of race, ethnicity, and ancestry reveals widespread consensus but also points of ongoing disagreement” here.