Meeting November 1, 2017

Genes and Society in the News:

Article for Discussion: 

Discussion Points:

  • The paper is detailed and difficult but clearly shows that the inheritance skin color is complicated and involves multiple alleles and several pathways.
  • This clearly shows the futility of dividing people by color in any attempt to explain observed phenotypic differences.
  • What else does it show? Does it tell a clear story?  We did not come to strong conclusions.
  • However, see article by Carl Zimmer in NYTimes that argues that this article should undermine basic tenants on which racism is based.

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