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This essay explores the application of postgenomic science to matters of health justice. Analyzing public health policies, genome project records, interviews with project leaders and leading genetic epidemiologists, and news coverage of four international projects, the essay illuminates the ways in which health disparities research and genomic and postgenomic sciences have dialectically entwined in recent decades to form a new “style of thought.” Under this framework, an array of biological and social sciences and public health agencies have redefined health disparities and race as genomic and refocused their analyses of justice away from social-contextual matters to those of DNA biology.

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