Infinite Monkey Cage

The Infinite Monkey Cage -BBC - Photographer: Richard Ansett

The Infinite Monkey Cage -BBC – Photographer: Richard Ansett

In this week’s BBC science podcast Infinite Monkey Cage, Prof Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince look at the concept of “Race” and ethnicity. The panelists include geneticist Mark Thomas, science commentator Adam Rutherford, and comedian Sheppi Khorsandi. Whilst the discussion of the science of race is interesting, I was surprised that the commentators and panelists were so quick to accept their ethnicity as given by the DNA company they tested with. Prof Mark Thomas gives his well-known comments on “genetic astrology” but I was a little concerned that the actual process of how the companies arrive at their ethnicity results was not more closely questioned.

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