The ‘Science’ of Race.


Is there something in your DNA that makes you black or desi or white or Xicana? Could a drug for hypertension work only for black people ? And why are  Jamaicans such good sprinters?

The folks over at RadioLab try to sort through those questions, and what they end up with is pretty messy  (as most things with race are).

3 thoughts on “The ‘Science’ of Race.

  1. Susana Gallardo January 5, 2009 at 3:28 pm Reply

    With all due respect, your headline reiterates the myth that there is a legitimate science of “race.” The site looks good though….I also highly recommend the pbs/newsreel website, “Race: power of an illusion” at

  2. shani-o January 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm Reply

    [Joke about climbing up coconut trees]

    I haven’t listened to it yet (I have a habit of saving up episodes) but I’ll try to get to it tonight.

  3. G.D. January 6, 2009 at 12:51 pm Reply

    Susana: Duly noted. Changed. Thanks!

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