All posts tagged with race

Quote: Fay Cooper-Cole on bones and races

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In 1945, American Naturalist published a lecture by Fay Cooper-Cole on “Some problems of human racial development and migration”. Cooper-Cole had been a stud...

Quote: Darwin on human variation

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There is much that could be said about Charles Darwin’s discussion of human races in Descent of Man. In Chapter 7 he embarked on a long discussion of whether...

Remembering King Leopold’s human zoo

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National Public Radio (U.S.) has a story about one of the evils of Belgian colonization of the Congo: King Leopold brought hundreds of Congolese to Belgium t...

Link: DNA conspiracy theories

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In a post this week on the Anthropology News site of the American Anthropological Association, the sociologist Joan Donovan describes her work on DNA identit...

Link: DNA conspiracy theories

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In a post this week on the Anthropology News site of the American Anthropological Association, the sociologist Joan Donovan describes her work on DNA identit...

Race and the medical student

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Ike Swetlitz in Stat has an article about the ways that some medical educators are trying to build a more anthropological knowledge of race and health in the...

Multiracial America

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National Geographic online has an article titled, “The Changing Face of America”, which focuses on the growth of “multiracial” as a category on the U.S. cens...

Diversity and science-art

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The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, in Berlin, has an interesting short description of a science-art project on human variation: “Looking at...

Caucasian "news analysis"

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Shaila Dewan, an “economics reporter” for the New York Times catches up with anthropology circa 1963: “Has Caucasian Lost Its Meaning?”.

Phrenology, race and history

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The movie Django Unchained includes a scene in which the antagonist (a rich, white, plantation owner) expounds on phrenology as a justification of slavery. J...

Race and Tolkien

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Henry Gee comments in the Guardian about the other kind of hobbits, featuring orc reproductive biology: “Hobbits and hypotheses”.

Melungeon genetic roots

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The AP is running a story about a recent genetic study probing the ancestry of the Melungeons.

The H preparation

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Razib Khan comments on the current round of Henry Louis Gates ancestry programming: “Finding fake roots”, and “Reification is alright by me! Razib notes that...

Measuring population subdivision

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The basic measure of genetic difference between two populations is the statistic, FST. In genetics, the term F generally stands for ``inbreeding’’, which ten...

Cranial features and race

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Individuals whose ancestry derives mostly from different parts of the world sometimes have different cranial features. Forensic anthropologists have studied ...

Cranial features and race

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Individuals whose ancestry derives mostly from different parts of the world sometimes have different cranial features. Forensic anthropologists have studied ...

Braiding Denisovans into our ancestry

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Dalton Luther reflects on the Denisovan admixture paper Skoglund:Jakobsson:2011 that I wrote about earlier this week (“How widespread is Denisovan ancestry t...

Gould's "Unconscious Manipulation of Data"

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OK, so I can’t say it’s not “brain science” because measuring skulls is as close to brain science as anthropology ever gets. But it just shouldn’t be that ha...

Weidenreich and the Hittite Goddess

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By chance I ran across an 2009 post by Rachel Martin of NYU Museum Studies, which investigates a mystery related to one of my scientific heroes, Franz Weiden...

Mailbag: Statistics and future evolution

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I was trying to find out more about recent research predicting a relative convergence of racial features in future generations (but I don't know anything abo...

Mailbag: Race, words and definitions

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I believe this problem with the word "race" which biologists have needs to be handled as a communication problem. The way that biologists use the term is, li...

Modern genomics and race

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Another little thing from that Anne Wojcicki interview that I linked last week – she fielded a question about race:

Darwin the abolitionist?

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The New York Times today reviews a new book by Adrian Desmond and James Moore, titled Darwin’s Sacred Cause: How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin’s Views on...

Ashley Montagu on recent evolution

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Ashley Montagu was a British anthropologist, born under the name Israel Ehrenberg. He moved to the United States for work at Columbia for his Ph.D work, afte...

That which must not be named

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Constance Holden was at an October NIH workshop, titled, “Workshop on Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Natural Selection Research.”

Population genomics rising

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Genetic Future has been on fire lately, with various announcements from and about genomics testing companies. More on that later. Today, he reflects upon the...

The Lemba story jumps the shark

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Not only are they one of the lost tribes of Israel, now Tudor Parfitt says they are hiding the Lost Ark of the Covenant:

They clone horses, don't they?

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"Horse racing editor" Mike Brunker checks in with an excellent MSNBC article on cloning in the horse racing world. Racing officials are, so far, against it,...

Finding new kin

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Writer Corey Kilgannon in the NY Times writes about a "DNA reunion:"

What to do about the Sentinelese?

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From Science last week, this article by Pallava Bagla on the Indian government's quandaries dealing with the Andaman Islands.

Only the wisest and stupidest…

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Admit it, Reuters, you knew I couldn't resist linking to <a href=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13372791/">this</a>:

Nukak narratives

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The New York Times has a curious article about a hunter-gatherer group in Colombia, the Nukak, leaving the forest:

Culture clash and genetic similarity

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I really like this Slate article by Jon Cohen in which he discovers his not-quite-Cohen-modal haplotype and journeys to South Africa to meet a Lemba. It's o...

Your tax dollars at work

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I'm reading through the recent review article on "The use of racial, ethnic, and ancestral categories in human genetics research," by the "Race, Ethnicity, ...

New HGDP book reviewed

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In Nature this week there is a short but interesting review by political scientist Diane Paul (University of Massachusetts) of the new book Race to the Fini...

Maori objections to Genographic Project

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I wrote about the Genographic Project earlier this year. The project is attempting some of the aims of the former Human Genome Diversity Project (HGDP), whi...

Ancestry testing: what, me worry?

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This post at MajorityRights.com dissects my opinion about the DNAPrint AncestrybyDNA tests. The MajorityRights.com post does explicate many aspects of the t...

Is racial prejudice like fear of snakes?

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An article on MSNBC suggests that the apprehension people hold for members of other races may be part of human nature. The study (subscription required) by ...

Patents, BRCA2, and Ashkenazim

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A column in Slate by Masha Gessen covers the controversy surrounding Myriad Genetics' patent on a test for breast cancer risk via mutations in BRCA2. The te...

Race and medicine: the BiDil trial

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The New York Times reports on the FDA approval of the drug BiDil (via Gene Expression). The story is also covered by Time magazine and Science.