Genetics and Race

2018-03-26T12:39:02+00:00March 26th, 2018|

SundayReview How Genetics Is Changing Our Understanding of ‘Race’ Gray Matter By DAVID REICH Credit Angie Wang In 1942, the anthropologist Ashley Montagu published “Man’s Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race,” an influential book that argued that race is a social concept with no genetic basis. A classic example often cited is the inconsistent definition of “black.” In the United States, historically, a person is “black” if he has any sub-Saharan African ancestry; in Brazil, a person is not “black” if he is known to have any European ancestry. [...]

Race and DNA

2017-04-24T07:37:01+00:00April 24th, 2017|

DNA Tests, and Sometimes Surprising Results APRIL 20, 2017 Students at West Chester University in Pennsylvania have volunteered to take part in ancestry DNA testing. Anita Foeman, a communications professor, says she has found that conversations around race are “complicated and jagged.” CreditWest Chester University Race and identity in many ways define who we think we are, while modern genetics can challenge those notions. To delve into these issues, I am involved with a communications studies project at West Chester University in Pennsylvania that explores narratives at the intersection of [...]

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