Tag: dna

DNA Testing of Immigrants Is Unethical

Chelsea Horton , January 26th, 2021


The collection of genetic biodata for the reunification of families must safeguard individuals’ agency, provide meaningful informed consent, and protect privacy. DNA testing has been used for nearly…


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Were Neanderthals More Than Cousins to Homo Sapiens?

Josie Glausiusz , January 29th, 2020


Scans compare a Neanderthal fossil (at left) to a modern human skull (right). Philipp Gunz/Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Around 200,000 years ago, in what is now northern Israel, a small band…


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Things That Are Not Alive, but Which May Be Alive in a Certain Way: An Interdisciplinary Essay on a Relational Theory of Life

colinhoag , September 10th, 2019


By Meredith Root-Bernstein, AgroParisTech, INRA § This blog post is adapted from a paper given at “Anthropology Off Earth,” Collège de France and l’Observatoire de Paris, 4-5 June…


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How Some Tried—and Failed—to Kill “Race” in Latin America

Peter Wade , July 3rd, 2019


DNA sequencing is now used extensively in medicine, forensic science, and explorations of ancestry. Andrew Brookes/Getty Images When the structure of DNA was first revealed in 1953, it…


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Observations on Rastafari Cosmopolitics from the Caribbean

Alexandra Frankel , April 8th, 2019


Rastafari-grounded and Caribbean imaginative reinventions have long influenced the evolution of Caribbean ethnography. They could inspire a decolonial anthropology for this century. “I am Ethiopian j…


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Resisting Indigenous Erasure from Alcatraz Island to Elizabeth Warren

Alexandra Frankel , April 8th, 2019


A critical look at anthropology and 50 years in the fight for Indigenous sovereignty (1969–2019). Indians must be redefined in terms that white men will accept, even if…


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Top Articles of 2018

Alexandra Frankel , December 17th, 2018


As the year winds down, Anthropology News rounds up our most popular articles of 2018. From critical reflections on the discipline and experiences of it, to grappling with…


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BONUS: What Carl Zimmer Learned About DNA, Identity, and Heredity

Daniel Salas , November 14th, 2018


Surprise! As a special holiday treat, the SAPIENS team is presenting this unedited conversation between SAPIENS host Chip Colwell and acclaimed science journalist Carl Zimmer about DNA, identity,…


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Revisiting Geno-colonization: Senator Warren and “Native DNA”

Anthropology365 , October 15th, 2018


I woke up this morning to the news that Senator Elizabeth Warren has released a DNA test “providing strong evidence” that she has a Native American ancestor 6-10…


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Is Your DNA You?

Daniel Salas , August 14th, 2018


[no-caption] David Williams/SAPIENS What does your DNA have to do with who you are? On a journey for answers, SAPIENS hosts Chip Colwell, Jen Shannon, and Esteban Gómez…


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Written in Blood

Alexandra Frankel , July 12th, 2018


 How my research on DNA ancestry tests became fake news. When I was sent a link to a Snopes article  asking, “Did DNA Testing Companies Admit to Altering…


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About those Ancestry dot com commercials

Ryan , May 26th, 2018


In the fall 2017 quarter I kicked off my intro to cultural anthropology course with one of those Ancestry dot com videos. These are all over the place,…


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Ten Skeletons Bury a Right-Wing Talking Point

Duncan Sayer , April 11th, 2018


Anglo-Saxon mythologies and culture continue to enchant many who live in the U.K. Andrew Parsons/Getty Images This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republ…


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How to make a good ad

Grant , September 8th, 2017


There are two DNA ads running at the moment. They illuminate the art of advertising today. The first is called Testimonial: Livie and it’s for AncestryDNA.com. This is…


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How Molecular Clocks Are Refining Human Evolution’s Timeline

Bridget Alex and Priya Moorjani , August 9th, 2017


Our cells have a built-in genetic clock, tracking time—but how accurately? Mauro Hiroshi Cannas/Flickr This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished u…


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DNA and Indigeneity

Elyse Bailey , March 21st, 2016


DNA in the News Rapid developments in genetic technologies are allowing for innovative applications in archaeology and anthropology. Intriguing scientific studies hinting at population origins, moveme…


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Still Holding Out for a Second Opinion: Carlos’s Story II

Sarah Abel , September 15th, 2014


Back in March, I started a DNA experiment with five friends. I invited each of them to take a genetic ‘ancestry’ test – something that most of them had barely heard…


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Nature, Nurture, and Mexicanidad: Tatiana’s Story II

Sarah Abel , September 8th, 2014


Back in March, I started a DNA experiment with five friends. I invited each of them to take a genetic ‘ancestry’ test – something that most of them had barely heard…


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Five DNA Tests, 100% Me, and Back to Square One

Sarah Abel , September 5th, 2014


Back in March, I started a DNA experiment with five friends. I invited each of them to take a genetic ‘ancestry’ test – something that most of them had barely heard…


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A Mainer’s Portrait of a Melting Pot: Kate’s Story II

Sarah Abel , September 4th, 2014


Back in March, I started a DNA experiment with five friends. I invited each of them to take a genetic ‘ancestry’ test – something that most of them had barely heard…


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Searching for Common Humanity in Dystopia: Evlondo’s Story II

Sarah Abel , September 3rd, 2014


Back in March, I started a DNA experiment with five friends. I invited each of them to take a genetic ‘ancestry’ test – something that most of them had barely heard…


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On the Limits of Curiosity: Rodrigo’s Story II

Sarah Abel , September 2nd, 2014


Back in March, I started a DNA experiment with five friends. I invited each of them to take a genetic ‘ancestry’ test – something that most of them had barely heard…


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