chapter  5
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Genealogy and Ideas of Race

There is nothing about "racial traits" that makes them racial in genetic terms. Physical traits that society deems racial are heritable, but their under­ lying genes are merely parts-no different in principle from other parts-of the human genome in its allelic variety, and are therefore subject to the regu­ larities of Mendelian heredity shared by all alleles. Therefore, there is no certainty that a child will inherit those traits possessed by parents, which society considers to be racial.