A field at a crossroads: genetics and racial mythmaking

Published December 23, 2022


Scientific American reports on how geneticists are weighing the societal risks of their work, especially as their research is twisted to fuel racist claims. The article focuses on the May 14 racist mass shooting in Buffalo, and it references the work of the UB Center for Urban Studies, led by Henry-Louis Taylor, Jr., and its 2021 report, “The Harder We Run: The State of Black Buffalo in 1990 and The Present,” which found there has been little, if any, progress among Black residents in relation to household income, homeownership, employment and other critical metrics in the past three decades.

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