Editor's note

Genetic testing has shown that certain genes and mutations that lead to disease afflict some races and ethnic groups more than others. Yet a recent study shows that physicians are reluctant to discuss race and ethnicity with patients. Case Western Reserve University scholar Greg Hall argues that “clinicians not applying known nuances in the care of special populations” only worsens health disparities.

And on Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the emancipation of African American slaves, University of Texas Austin historian Daina Ramey Berry dispels myths about the “peculiar institution” of slavery.

Lynne Anderson

Senior Editor, Health & Medicine

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Even though genetic information is available, doctors may be ignoring important clinical clues

Greg Hall, Case Western Reserve University

Genetic testing is revealing important information about disease risks, and consumers can now pay for a test to know their risk. They might be better off if their doctors considered these risks, too.

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