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From: "Charles Acree" <>
Subject: [DNA] The Meaning of Race in the Post-Genome Era
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 08:58:43 -0500

On the subject of race in the DNA context, list subscribers might be interested to read this scientific viewpoint:

In an hourlong address titled "The Meaning of Race in the Post-Genome Era," Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman broached the charged subject of race Tuesday, March 9, employing her powers of analysis as one of the world's leading molecular biologists to inquire whether the modern science of genetics has provided any answers yet to what she called "one of the most vexing issues facing this country, and indeed the rest of the world."

Among her concluding thoughts: "It is certain that debates within the scientific community about whether the historic descriptors of race or ethnicity are valid anymore, or indeed ever were, and whether they should be replaced with more robust information about genetic ancestry will continue."

Charles Acree

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