Taking Race Out of Human Genetics

Science MagazineA letter from a group of geneticists, published in this months Science magazine, suggests that the term “race” is no longer acceptable as a biological category because it is fraught with political and social ambiguities and is a reminder of the bad-old-days of eugenics. I wonder then if the term “ethnicity” that is used by the major DNA testing companies shouldn’t also be reconsidered. I notice that on the FTDNA webinars they tend to use the term “biogeographic regions” instead when discussing ethnicity results.

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