Genetics of Human Variation

Research over the last 50 years has demonstrated that the human species is characterized by low genetic diversity and extensive recombination. Yet, social constructions of 'race' based on phenotypic differences are ingrained in our understanding of how humans vary. This course will uncover how the human species varies at the genetic and genomic levels, in the context of other primate species. Given this background, we will discuss the social construction of 'race' and the intersection of macroevolution, genetics, and phenotype. Finally, we will explore current research that suggests a genetic or epigenetic basis for perceived racial health disparities and outcomes in biomedicine. Instructor: Gosselin-Ildari and Lutzoni

Course Number: 
BIOLOGY260S
Course Level: 
200-299
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