Genomics and the Biological Concept of Race

Sunday, 15 February 2015: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room 210AB (San Jose Convention Center)
Rasmus Nielsen, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Humans have not generally evolved as discrete reproductively isolated units. There is emerging evidence for extensive gene-flow historically between geographic locations at all scales. Traditional races do not mimic a scientific biological categorization of humans but are eurocentric constructs. There is no scientific evidence that natural selection has favored ‘middle class values’ in agrarian societies – or any other evidence that cultural differences between groups are genetically determined.