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Genomics and Ancestry: Implications for Social Identity and Social Justice

Is DNA the new personal memory bank? Is genomic ancestry testing memory's future — a new kind of personhood?

On Friday, April 25, Charmaine Royal, associate research professor of the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy at Duke University, directs her talk to advances in human genetics and genomics as increasingly revolutionizing science, medicine, and society.

Royal is concerned with genomic ancestry's potential role in social justice, and the challenging issues that arise when social identity is traced by genomic: What happens to personal memory (memories of you and family genealogy) when genomic codes reveal ancestral lineage either coincident with or contrary to family lore? What happens to social histories of race and social identity?

In an attempt to highlight some of the emerging issues relevant to social identity and social justice, and to help provide frameworks for assessing them, Charmaine Royal's presentation will focus on the application of genetics and genomics in genomic ancestry testing and in health disparities research.

Author and co-author of numerous publications, Charmaine Royal has published most recently Race and Ethnicity in Science, Medicine, and Society, The Ethical and Social Implications of Exploring African American Genealogies, Genetic and Social Environment Interactions and Their Impact on Health Policy, and The Role of Genetic and Sociopolitical Definitions of Race in Clinical Trials.

The talk will begin at 4:30 p.m. (special time) in the Fisher Center, Demarest 212. Note: there will be no roundtable discussion the following morning.

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