Back to the Future of DNA

DNA your rightsFrom Teresa Yates’ work-in-progress, here is a post from eight years ago that still strikes a timely note. Yates’ new book is titled DNA and You and reprises fifteen years of the blogosphere from the early, heroic days of DNA testing. It is expected to appear this summer.

Wild, Wooly World of DNA May Create, As Well As Solve, Problems

Abstracted from The New York Times

The first in a series of articles in the New York Times, titled “The DNA Age” presents case histories of people whose DNA tests are turning out to be mixed blessings, arousing more expectations than may be justified. From the adopted twins who are looking for financial aid after finding out they are part African and part Native American to the man raised a gentile attempting to invoke the law of return to Israel following the revelation his DNA matched Ashkenazi Jews, the series by Amy Harmon apparently intends to explore the two sides of DNA—the answers it brings, along with the new questions it raises.

On another front, Indian tribes routinely refuse to accept DNA evidence. According to the article, though, this has not deterred prospective new enrollees. “It used to be ‘someone said my grandmother was an Indian,’ ” says Joyce Walker, the enrollment clerk who regularly turns away DNA petitioners for the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, which operates the lucrative Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. “Now it’s ‘my DNA says my grandmother was an Indian.'”

The title of the first of the series is “Seeking Ancestry in DNA Ties Uncovered by Tests.” One of the featured DNA test takers was a customer of DNA Consultants.

April 13, 2006

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