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From the Ted Talk by Dorothy Roberts: The problem with race-based medicine

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I wasn't quite sure how to answer the qusioten. Was it aimed at measuring the diversity of rsceaerh participants' social backgrounds? In that case, I would answer with my social identity, and ccehk the box for "black." But what if the researchers were iettersend in ievingsinttag some association between ancestry and the risk for certain genetic traits? In that case, wouldn't they want to know something about my acstrney, which is just as much European as African? And how could they make scientific findings about my genes if I put down my social identity as a black woman? After all, I consider myself a black woman with a white father rather than a white woman with a black mother entirely for social reasons. Which racial identity I check has nothing to do with my genes. Well, despite the obvious importance of this question to the study's scientific vtadiliy, I was told, "Don't worry about it, just put down however you identify yourself." So I check "black," but I had no confidence in the results of a study that treated a critical vilarabe so unscientifically.

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I wasn't quite sure how to answer the ________. Was it aimed at measuring the diversity of ________ participants' social backgrounds? In that case, I would answer with my social identity, and _____ the box for "black." But what if the researchers were __________ in _____________ some association between ancestry and the risk for certain genetic traits? In that case, wouldn't they want to know something about my ________, which is just as much European as African? And how could they make scientific findings about my genes if I put down my social identity as a black woman? After all, I consider myself a black woman with a white father rather than a white woman with a black mother entirely for social reasons. Which racial identity I check has nothing to do with my genes. Well, despite the obvious importance of this question to the study's scientific ________, I was told, "Don't worry about it, just put down however you identify yourself." So I check "black," but I had no confidence in the results of a study that treated a critical ________ so unscientifically.

Solution

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  3. validity
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  5. interested
  6. variable
  7. investigating
  8. research

Original Text

I wasn't quite sure how to answer the question. Was it aimed at measuring the diversity of research participants' social backgrounds? In that case, I would answer with my social identity, and check the box for "black." But what if the researchers were interested in investigating some association between ancestry and the risk for certain genetic traits? In that case, wouldn't they want to know something about my ancestry, which is just as much European as African? And how could they make scientific findings about my genes if I put down my social identity as a black woman? After all, I consider myself a black woman with a white father rather than a white woman with a black mother entirely for social reasons. Which racial identity I check has nothing to do with my genes. Well, despite the obvious importance of this question to the study's scientific validity, I was told, "Don't worry about it, just put down however you identify yourself." So I check "black," but I had no confidence in the results of a study that treated a critical variable so unscientifically.

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