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DNA, Race and Identity

Thursday 12 April

A misunderstanding of ancestry, inheritance and genetics has become the ultimate manifestation of identity politics. The trivial end of this is fuelled by direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies which promise to reveal your ancestral roots. At its most pernicious though, Neo-Nazis are turning to DNA to assert racial purity and superiority, and companies sell tests to erroneously prove membership to indigenous tribes in the Americas. How do we address such a profound and politically charged misunderstanding of genetics? Explore these ideas and more with geneticist and BBC Radio 4 presenter Dr Adam Rutherford.

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