Categorization of humans in biomedical research: genes, race and disease

Genome Biol. 2002 Jul 1;3(7):comment2007. doi: 10.1186/gb-2002-3-7-comment2007. Epub 2002 Jul 1.


A debate has arisen regarding the validity of racial/ethnic categories for biomedical and genetic research. An epidemiologic perspective on the issue of human categorization in biomedical and genetic research strongly supports the continued use of self-identified race and ethnicity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Disease / ethnology*
  • Disease / etiology
  • Drug Therapy
  • Environment
  • Evolution, Molecular
  • Genes
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease*
  • Genetic Variation
  • Humans
  • Racial Groups / genetics*
  • Research
  • Risk Factors
  • Terminology as Topic
  • United States