Past Event

Population Descriptors in Genomic Research

July 14, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Event Description

History demonstrates that the potential for typological thinking continues to be a hazard of genetic research involving human groups. In 2022 the NIH commissioned a NASEM study on the Use of Race, Ethnicity, and Ancestry as Population Descriptors in Genomics Research to determine if and when race, ethnicity, ancestry, and other population descriptors should be used and why. In this ELSI Friday Forum, NASEM committee members discuss the report’s recommendations. What are population descriptors? How can their selection entrench typological thinking and undermine scientific rigor? How can we better align the appropriate use of population descriptors with genomic research objectives?

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Free and open to the public; registration required. For more information, please visit the event webpage

Hosted by the Center for ELSI Resources and Analysis at Columbia University as part of the ELSI Friday Forum series.