The Strategic Vision for improving human health at The Forefront of Genomics”, published in October 2020, identified ten bold predictions for human genomics for this current decade. These predictions are audacious and aspirational in nature, with the intent to provoke the future of human genomics, biomedical research and medicine. One of the bold predictions, “Research in human genomics will have moved beyond population descriptors based on historic social constructs such as race” is relevant to teaching, research and clinical care in genomics and precision medicine. In this talk, we will examine the use of race and ethnicity within the field of genetics and genomics. We will discuss the evolving use of the social constructs of race and ethnicity in genomics and precision medicine in a new decade of racial reckoning in the United States.
Vence Bonham, Senior Advisor on Genomics and Health Disparities at the National Human Genome Research Institute