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Human genetic research, race, ethnicity and the labeling of populations: recommendations based on an interdisciplinary workshop in Japan

  • Yasuko Takezawa1Email author,
  • Kazuto Kato2,
  • Hiroki Oota3,
  • Timothy Caulfield4,
  • Akihiro Fujimoto5,
  • Shunwa Honda6,
  • Naoyuki Kamatani7,
  • Shoji Kawamura8,
  • Kohei Kawashima9,
  • Ryosuke Kimura10,
  • Hiromi Matsumae3,
  • Ayako Saito11,
  • Patrick E Savage12,
  • Noriko Seguchi13,
  • Keiko Shimizu14,
  • Satoshi Terao15,
  • Yumi Yamaguchi-Kabata16,
  • Akira Yasukouchi17,
  • Minoru Yoneda18 and
  • Katsushi Tokunaga19
BMC Medical Ethics201415:33

Received: 18 March 2013

Accepted: 11 April 2014

Published: 23 April 2014

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24 Apr 2013 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Peter John Aspinall
3 Jan 2014 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Ellen Clayton
14 Mar 2014 Author responded Author comments - Yasuko Takezawa
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14 Mar 2014 Submitted Manuscript version 3
31 Mar 2014 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Ellen Clayton
3 Apr 2014 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Peter John Aspinall
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11 Apr 2014 Editorially accepted
23 Apr 2014 Article published 10.1186/1472-6939-15-33

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Authors’ Affiliations

Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, Yoshidahonmachi
Department of Biomedical Ethics and Public Policy, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University
Laboratory of Genome Anthropology, Department of Anatomy, Kitasato University School of Medicine
Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Laboratory of Medical Informatics, RIKEN Center for Genomic Medicine
The Open University of Japan
Institute of Data Analysis, StaGen Co.Ltd.
Department of Integrated Biosciences, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Department of English Language and British and American Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Musashi University
Department of Human Biology and Anatomy, Graduate School of Medicine, University of the Ryukyus
Department of Art Studies, Meiji Gakuin University
Department of Musicology, Tokyo University of the Arts
Department of Environmental Changes, Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University
Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Okayama University of Science
Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe University
Department of Integrative Genomics, Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University
Department of Human Science, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University
Laboratory for Radiocarbon Dating, The University Museum, The University of Tokyo
Department of Human Genetics, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo