BMC Medical Ethics 15 (1):33 (2014)

Abstract
A challenge in human genome research is how to describe the populations being studied. The use of improper and/or imprecise terms has the potential to both generate and reinforce prejudices and to diminish the clinical value of the research. The issue of population descriptors has not attracted enough academic attention outside North America and Europe. In January 2012, we held a two-day workshop, the first of its kind in Japan, to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue between scholars in the humanities, social sciences, medical sciences, and genetics to begin an ongoing discussion of the social and ethical issues associated with population descriptors
Keywords Population descriptors  Ethics  Labeling  Race  Ethnicity  Japanese  Asian  Mongoloid
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DOI 10.1186/1472-6939-15-33
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