What We Do and Don’t Know About ‘Race’, ‘Ethnicity’, Genetics and Health at the Dawn of the Genome Era

- Nature Genetics
Author/s: -Collins, Francis S
Journal: Nature Genetics
Year: 2004
Volume: 36
Issue: S13
Pages: S13
Start Page: S13

A true understanding of disease risk requires a thorough examination of root causes. ‘Race’ and ‘ethnicity’ are poorly defined terms that serve as flawed surrogates for multiple environmental and genetic factors in disease causation, including ancestral geographic origins, socioeconomic status, education and access to health care. Research must move beyond these weak and imperfect proxy relationships to define the more proximate factors that influence health.

URL: http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v36/n11s/full/ng1436.html