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The Emergence of Socio-Genomics

Contemporary Sociology, Jul 2014, Vol.43(4), p.458 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The Emergence of Socio-Genomics
  • Author: Conley, Dalton ; Fletcher, Jason ; Dawes, Christopher
  • Found In: Contemporary Sociology, Jul 2014, Vol.43(4), p.458 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Genomics ; Sociology ; Genetic Engineering ; Genes ; Genomes
  • Language: English
  • Description: Ever since Darwin penned The Descent of Man in 1871, there has been a contentious relationship between biologists and many of us who seek to explain human difference. There was, of course, Herbert Spencer, who applied natural selection as a metaphor to human society. And there was Darwin himself, who became embroiled in a debate about whether blacks and whites constituted separate species. The controversy surrounding the relationship between evolution, genes, and society has ebbed and flowed over the 150 years since Descent. Most recently, the revelation that the Beijing Genomics Institute is sequencing the genomes of 2,000 individuals with IQs over 150 in search of intelligence genes has led to renewed concerns in the West of an emerging program of eugenics through embryo testing and selective abortion. Here, Conley et al talk about the emergence of socio-genomics.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 00943061 ; E-ISSN: 19398638 ; DOI: 10.1177/0094306114539640

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