Science and Race

Even though it's a very crude marker, references to racial groups are simply inevitable in looming debates about science and genetics and politics:

The invisible hand of the market will inevitably nudge us toward the use of categories with the most cultural traction and that represents the biggest social groups. So, when genetic research leads to the development of a drug designed for a specific population, the marketing campaign will, naturally, be aimed at a visible racial category as opposed to the more precise sub-population. For example, marketing to "Blacks" is easier than marketing to individuals with Western African ancestry.

Hat tip: Matthew Nisbet.