Not an innocent pursuit: the politics of a `Jewish' genetic signature
Azoulay, Katya Gibel
Developing World Bioethics 2003 December; 3(2): 119-126
This commentary questions the presumption in genetic research that a biological connection exists between populations identified as Jewish. The author emphasises that identifying individuals as Jewish based on biological criteria is a sociological process that can draw attention away from other social mechanisms affecting identity construction. She also encourages critical consideration of the possible racialised thinking behind genetic anthropology studies, and the language used to express genetic findings. In conclusion, she calls for a radical cultural shift in the kind of knowledge valued as significant, relevant, and beneficial to the people on whom genetic ancestry studies are carried out and she asks for attention to the political contexts surrounding all such research.
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Book notes: recent works on the promise and peril of genetic engineering [review of "Ageless bodies, happy souls: biotechnology and the pursuit of perfection," The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Society 2003 Spring; (1): 9-28; Engineering and the Human Germline: An Exploration of the Science and Ethics of Altering the Genes We Pass to Our Children, edited by Gregory Stock and John Campbell; Brave New Worlds: Staying Human in the Genetic Future, by Bryan Appleyard; and Exploding the Gene Myth: How Genetic Information Is Produced and Manipulated by Scientists, Physicians, Employers, Insurance Companies, Educators, and Law Enforcers, by Ruth Hubbard and Elijah Wald] Jersild, Paul (2003-09)