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The Tapestry of Health: Genetic Diversity, History, and Cultural Identity

  • AAAS 1200 New York Ave NW Washington DC (map)

Scientific and cultural perspectives on human diversity, including concepts of “race” and ancestry, have shifted dramatically over the centuries. In recent decades, studies of genetic variation at individual and population levels have provided valuable insights for the health sciences. Human genomics, particularly the relationships between genes and expressed outcomes, shapes current and developing approaches in precision medicine. However, human diversity is not a matter of genes alone. It also encompasses a spectrum of cultural and theological concepts of identity, as well as individuals' lived experiences, that interact in complex and sometimes surprising ways - with profound impacts on health and well-being.

Join the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion program for a cross-disciplinary discussion of human diversity through scientific, cultural and theological lenses, with a focus on health and well-being. Reception to follow.

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This free public event is hosted by the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion program. For questions please contact

Later Event: February 14
AAAS 2019 Annual Meeting