Oct 14, 2020
With the rise in direct to consumer genetic testing, such as 23andMe and Ancestry becoming more popular and more widely used, we are discovering more uses and misuses by humans with these tests. In this episode, Therese Markow and Aaron Panofsky discuss how these direct to consumer genetic tests work, the science behind race, ethnicity, and social perception of both, and the ways in which groups, such as white nationalist groups, have interpreted and discussed their genetic results. These technologies are also being used in a wide variety of political projects. They also discuss the major ways in which science and expertise are under direct assault, often resulting in correlations being attributed to causation or stating something as truth when there is no science to back it up.
"There can be kind of a feedback loop in our minds and in our culture, where the tests can reinforce these racist ideas, but they can also undermine these racist ideas. It's kind of about whether we make a tendentious reading, where we just focus on the race, or a more holistic reading of these data and focus on all the different kinds of things that can correlate to human races being just one of many." — Dr. Aaron Panofsky
Connect with Dr. Aaron Panofsky:
UCLA Bio: socgen.ucla.edu/people/aaron-panofsky
Book: Misbehaving Science: Controversy and the Development of Behavior Genetics - press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/M/bo16124298.html
Connect with Therese:
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