Bioethicists Should Be Helping Scientists Think About Race

Camisha Russell
2021 Journal of Bioethical Inquiry  
AbstractIn this essay, I argue that bioethicists have a thus-far unfulfilled role to play in helping life scientists, including medical doctors and researchers, think about race. I begin with descriptions of how life scientists tend to think about race and descriptions of typical approaches to bioethics. I then describe three different approaches to race: biological race, race as social construction, and race as cultural driver of history. Taking into account the historical and contemporary
more » ... rplay of these three approaches, I suggest an alternative framework for thinking about race focused on how the idea of race functions socially. Finally, using assisted reproductive technologies as an example, I discuss how bioethicists and scientists might work together using this framework to improve not only their own but broader perspectives on race.
doi:10.1007/s11673-020-10068-x pmid:33415594 fatcat:eq5yiww4vjbodcqlzkbv52syre