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Race

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Author(s): Antonia Ruth Schlette
1. Meaning. “Race” as a scientific term with a definite meaning is used nowadays only in biology. Race (varietas) is, in the biological (and human biological) classification, a subgroup of the species; it is defined as a population or group of populations which are distinguished from other populations of the same species by sharing certain hereditary characteristics. The differences in characteristics as well as in disposition are determined by the difference in genes. Races (genetic populations) display particul…