Concepts of Race & Ethnicity in Genetics Research
Institution: Michigan State University
FOA Number: PA-99-050
This project will examine how genetic scientists and clinicians integrate concepts of race and ethnicity into their work. Using a combined qualitative and quantitative approach, this project will explore how race and ethnicity are defined and categorized; how implicitly social constructs about racial and ethnic differences may be affecting these concepts and practices; and ways that unexamined constructs of racial and ethnic differences may influence how genetic knowledge is interpreted and applied. The specific aims are to: 1) identify the perceptions and expectations of genetic scientists and clinicians regarding the importance of race and ethnicity to their work; 2) describe how race and ethnicity are understood and how classifications are made by genetic scientists and clinicians in their research and practice; and 3) explore how research findings and clinical experiences regarding the relevance of race and ethnicity are interpreted and applied by genetic scientists and clinicians.
NATIONAL HUMAN GENOME RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Jul 1, 2000
May 31, 2005