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Making the Mexican Diabetic – Race, Science, and the Genetics of Inequality - California Scholarship Online
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Making the Mexican Diabetic: Race, Science, and the Genetics of Inequality

Michael Montoya

Abstract

This ethnographic study animates the racial politics that underlie genomic research into type 2 diabetes, one of the most widespread chronic diseases and one which affects ethnic groups disproportionately. The book follows blood donations from “Mexican American” donors to laboratories that are searching out genetic contributions to diabetes. Its analysis lays bare the politics and ethics of the research process, addressing the implicit contradiction of undertaking genetic research that reinscribes race's importance even as it is being demonstrated to have little scientific validity. In placing ... More

Keywords: racial politics, genomic research, type 2 diabetes, blood donation, Mexican-American donors, race, DNA sampling, American life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520267305
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267305.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Montoya, author