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“Casting Health? The Politics of Genomic Science, Precision Medicine, and Race in India and North America”

Friday, October 7 at 12:00pm

Prince Lucien Campbell Hall (PLC), 159
1415 Kincaid Street, Eugene, OR

Arafaat Valiani, History and 2022–23 OHC Faculty Research Fellow.

Please register to attend.


Examining the case of genetic research on South Asiansin the Indian subcontinentand North America, this book project is an ethnographic history investigating the emergence of the field of genetic health as a transnational field of biomedicine connecting population geneticists in Indiaand the United States from 1970to the present.Genomic researcherssuggest that genomics could transform personal health because thelow cost of mapping out individual genomes willopen upanew paradigm of disease prevention, detection and treatment(called precision medicine). This “personalized”toolrequires individual genomes be compared to a master genome for which the bodies of South Asians have become instrumental.This project is significant in that it explores the ethics, biotechnologies and discourses which structure initiativesto genetically mapracially and ethnicallydiverse South Asian communities,based onsocial categories of caste,for the purposes of creating a master genome.

Event Type

Academic, Lectures & Presentations


College of Arts & Sciences, Oregon Humanities Center, History

Target Audience

Faculty/Staff, General Public, Graduate Students



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