This journal club will focus on the tricky but important topic of genetics research in underrepresented groups. We’ll begin with a review the eugenics movement, especially in the United States. We’ll then discuss how the genetics of complex social behaviors has evolved, using a recent genome-wide association study of same-sex sexual behavior as a framework. We’ll focus not only on the study itself, but also on the outreach and communication, as well as the public perception and debates, accompanying the study.
--Ganna, Andrea, et al. "Large-scale GWAS reveals insights into the genetic architecture of same-sex sexual behavior" Science 365.6456 (2019) and the accompanying perspective by Melinda Mills.
--Accompanying Frequently Asked Questions website.
--New York Times op-ed.
--Broad Institute website about the study, especially the linked perspective pieces in the “Perspectives” section.