Against the Grain

Genomic Science and the Racial Health Divide

Racial health disparities in the U.S. cry out for attention, but, according to Catherine Bliss, the root causes of such disparities are not being adequately investigated. Bliss contends that genetic science, although it has commandeered governmental efforts to address the racial health divide, is not committed to probing the social and structural factors that generate health disparities along racial lines. Also: Leslie Hinkson describes the new volume in which Bliss’s chapter on health disparities appears.

Ehlers and Hinkson, eds., Subprime Health: Debt and Race in U.S. Medicine University of Minnesota Press, 2017

Catherine Bliss, Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice Stanford University Press, 2012

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