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This chapter examines what has happened to multicultural politics in light of the molecularisation of biology. While twenty-first-century biology has given way to approaches accentuating biological flexibility and plasticity through postgenomics and epigenetics, these new understandings of biological life have arisen alongside the global proliferation of race, ancestry and nationalisms in bioscientific research. In this chapter, I suggest that we might approach these developments through the frame of molecular multiculture to illuminate how human genome science has galvanised a new cultural politics of heredity where forms of multicultural inclusion intersect with democratic politics and the marketplace in large-scale genome science projects.

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    These include the Human Heredity and Health in African project (H3Africa), the GenomeAsia 100 K Initiative, the Mexican Genome Diversity Project, the Iranian Genome Project and the Indian Genome Variation initiative.

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    For example, the concept of population extends far beyond biology to the social sciences. See Osborne and Rose (2008).

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    See Prainsack (2015) for a vivid and erudite discussion of the relationship between the individual and population in relation to the goals of precision medicine.

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Hinterberger, A. (2018). Molecular Multicultures. In: Meloni, M., Cromby, J., Fitzgerald, D., Lloyd, S. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Biology and Society. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-52879-7_11

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