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Work in biological anthropology and human biology that engages with, extracts, manipulates, analyzes and disseminates biological data from and associated with people requires serious ethical investment as central to method, theory, and practice. However, ethics is not enough. Moving beyond a call for better (or more) ethics there is a core need for anthropological, historical, anti-racist/anti-colonialist method and theory in dealing with human data (existing, newly collected, and future collections). But there are structures in the academy, historical, financial, hierarchical, discriminatory, that impede sincere and effective actions to make such changes. Encouragingly, calls for structural change, and some actions entailing it are underway. But individual efforts are not enough. Systemic profession-level processes need to be addressed.