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PBS | 10.02.16

Can DNA tests help repair social ruptures from transatlantic slavery?

Alondra Nelson

D&S advisor Alondra Nelson was interviewed for PBS NewsHour about her book, “The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome.”

That’s the critical piece, because we know for communities of color, that genetics has not always been a rosy piece of research. I mean, that there have been historical tragedies in the past that would lead particularly African-Americans to be suspicious of genetic testing.

And so, the ability to opt-in, the ability to now in the 21st century use genetics to do something powerful, to tell a powerful story about your identity and your life, and to choose how you want to take that story up. So, sometimes people get information that they find useful or interesting, and sometimes they don’t. But because you have opted in as a consumer, you get to choose, you get to adjudicate whether or not you think that information is useful for your story.

 

 

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