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Mistreating Health Inequities in the Genomic Age | Interdisciplinary Programs

Sep 15, 2016
4:10 PM - 5:30 PM

Williams Hall - Herbert A. Roemmele Global Commons
31 Williams Drive
Bethlehem PA 18015

Erica Balco Office of Interdisiplinary Programs

Speakers Series on Ethics
Mistreating Health Inequities in the Genomic Age
Dr. Dorothy Roberts
George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology
University of Pennsylvania 

Medicine has long defined disease and treated patients according to race. Although genomics has confirmed that race is not written in our genes, we are witnessing the re-creation of race in biological terms. Biotechnologies such as race-specific medicines and ancestry tests
incorporate false assumptions of racial difference. The genetic understanding of race calls for technological responses to racial inequities, but it masks the impact of racism on our bodies and society. Instead, health justice requires affirming our common humanity by working to end social inequities supported by the political system of race.

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