Category: W2 Reflection

Skin Cancer Among Caucasians

Race, genetics and health have a complex relationship that isn’t easy to explain.  Often people tend to use race to determine whether or not people are susceptible to certain disease, but in reality, genetics and other non-genetic factors, such as…

Cystic Fibrosis Among Caucasians

It is interesting to say that there is no genome that determines which race an individual can identify themselves with. Therefore, individuals have the freedom to identify themselves with whatever race they chose; obviously the most common way for individuals…

heart disease among south asians

Race is a social construct but the impact and influence race still holds is all too real. It is often assumed that perceived genetic similarities is equivalent to race categories – however, much of these perceived genetic similarities tend to…

Cystic fibrosis among Caucasian Children

Image from the American Lung Association: http://www.lung.org/assets/documents/publications/solddc-chapters/cf.pdf After the mapping of the human genome in the Human Genome Project, scientists found that race and genetics have no association, meaning that no gene exists that determines race. Interestingly, this means that…

Breast Cancer among White Women

  The relationships between health, genetics, and race are complicated for many reasons. As stated in lecture, one of the largest debates and controversies regarding these three topics is how someone’s race is determined. Scientifically, race cannot be determined by…

Heart Disease Among White Males

An individual’s health has arguably a good deal more to do with social circumstances rather than genetics alone. Of course genetics plays a role; and especially in an evolutionary sense, one’s genes were primarily what determined life or death. As…