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The Genealogy of a GenePatents, HIV/AIDS, and Race$
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Myles W. Jackson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028660

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028660.001.0001

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Race, Difference, and Genes

Race, Difference, and Genes

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The Genealogy of a Gene

Myles W. Jackson

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This chapter situates the CCR5 gene, specifically the Δ‎32 allele, in the contexts of four distinct yet related enterprises- race and genomics, Big Pharma, personalized medicine, and personal genomics companies. Biocapitalism has fuelled the hopes of personalized medicine (pharmacogenomics), race-based medicine, and the Americans’ fascination with their genealogies. It turns out that various institutions, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, Big Pharma, personal genomics companies, and patient advocacy groups all support pharmacogenomics but for very different reasons. This chapter discusses those different, and at times mutually exclusive reasons.

Keywords:   race and genomics, National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, HapMap, genetic markers, BigPharma, personal genomics companies, personalized medicine, patient advocacy groups, pharmacogenomics

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