Council for Social and Economic Studies P.O. Box 34143 Washington, DC 20043
Home Electronic Version
(Subscribers Only)
Prices / Subscribe
Recent Back Issues Sample Articles About JSPES

JSPES, Vol. 47, No. 1-2 (Spring-Summer 2022)
pp. 138-157

Multilocus Genetic Analysis and the Assessment of Human Ancestry

Daniel A. Beach
Dominican University, Illinois

Too many contemporary social scientists today subscribe to the notion that race is a social construct without a biological basis. In the second half of the twentieth century biological definitions of race were dismissed by various professional groups as well as by a sizable portion of the general public. The shortage of convincing research evidence and a reaction to previous racist claims, with an accompanying history of inhumanity, resulted in a widespread refusal to admit to the possibility of the genetic provenance for race. Molecular genetic studies using analysis of multiple loci are reviewed, which identify clusters of genetic markers that consistently show an association with racial group membership. Applications of this research in the medical and forensic sciences are discussed, as well as implications for future investigations.