On genetics as (possibly) a settler colonial technique: Emma Kowal, ‘Genetics and Indigenous Communities: Ethical Issues’, International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 9, 2015, pp. 962-968.
Abstract: Indigenous people stand to benefit from advances in genomic technology, but genetic research in Indigenous communities has been controversial. This article reviews the ethical issues that Indigenous people and others have raised with reference to genetic research projects and biobanks. The ethical issues that apply to Indigenous people should be seen as additional to ‘conventional’ ethical issues that apply to all people, rather than replacing them. The additional ethical concerns discussed include group harm; cultural beliefs relating to biospecimens and human origins; community engagement and collective consent; benefit; ownership; and whether biospecimens can and should be ‘repatriated.’
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