The intersection of race, ethnicity and genomics has recently been a focus of debate and concern. The key areas of debate are pharmacogenomics and, to a lesser extent, racial profiling in the criminal justice system. The former poses the question as to whether certain "races" are genetically predisposed towards given diseases and whether they metabolize drugs differently; with the latter debating whether DNA analyses accurately identify the "race" of an individual. This book takes a different approach, while acknowledging the importance of these debates and their role in shaping what the issues are perceived to be in thinking about the intersection of race, ethnicity and genomics. We are interested in exploring the interconnections between race, ethnicity and nation and kinship, always bearing in mind that kinship, as a domain of human experience and a field of social study, has been reshaped by the genomic and biotechnological revolution. Peter Wade is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester.His publications include Blackness and Race Mixture (1993), Race and Ethnicity in Latin America (1997), Music, Race and Nation: Musica Tropical in Colombia (2000), Race, Nature and Culture: An Anthropological Perspective (2002).His current research focuses on issues of racial identity, embodiment and new genetic and information technologies.