April 04, 2018
By Jennifer McNulty
A professor of genetics at Harvard kicked up quite a storm recently when he published an opinion piece in the New York Times about genetics and race.
Entitled, “How Genetics is Changing Our Understanding of ‘Race,'” the piece by David Reich provoked a swift response from scholars around the globe, including Jenny Reardon, a professor of sociology and the founding director of the Science and Justice Research Center at UC Santa Cruz.
Reardon helped write a response in the form of an open letter signed by 67 scholars and researchers from leading universities, posted on BuzzFeed, entitled “How Not to Talk About Race and Genetics.”
“Race has long been a potent way of defining differences between human beings. But science and the categories it constructs do not operate in a political vacuum,” the piece begins.
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