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Race: Are we so different?

Race is something that affects all of us, both in how we see ourselves and how we see each other. Race and genetics intersect in ways that are sometimes misunderstood. It is a fact that all of us are 99.99% the same at the DNA level, yet we also understand that there are genetic susceptibilities and even some genetically caused diseases that are much more common in people of one race than another. Cystic fibrosis is such a condition, being much more common in northern Europeans than in other racial groups. How do we sort it all out?

The Science Museum of Minnesota has the world premiere exhibit that explores the meanings and ramifications of race in peoples lives and their relationship with others. The exhibit opened on January 10 and will run through May 6, 2007.

If you go, please post a comment on what you learned and thought of the experience.

Posted by Kristin Oehlke on January 18, 2007 12:21 AM |