Study: Can a Little Genetics Education Cure Racism?

The findings of a study conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto suggest that knowledge of the science behind the human body might be able to help defeat racism. The study authors assert that educating individuals about our genetic similarities — specifically, the fact that humans are 99.9 percent genetically similar — can do a lot to diminish the meaning we attach to physiological differences.

Behind the research was the idea that people often mistakenly assume that superficial ethnic characteristics are a reliable sign of significant genetic difference. The result: Study participants who were more informed of genetic overlap between strangers were less likely to racially profile. read more

Categories: Genetics, Health, Human Rights

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