Understanding Race: The Human Spectrum

This American Anthropological Association project offers a new perspective on race and skin color. Beginning with an animated demonstration on height, it shows three people: one each short, medium, tall. Then as more people are added the tall person becomes medium. It then likens that to skin color and race. It uses video and animations to look at humans from the molecular level and studies patterns of genetic variation to see if they are determined by race. It also explores the science behind the variations in human skin color, and how genes and the environment affect health using diseases such as sickle cell, which most people believe is race specific. It concludes with a self-graded quiz that explains the reasons for the answers.

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