Prof. Erika Hagelberg (Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo; Cheney Fellow in the Arts, University of Leeds)
The Construction of Genetic Identities: The Case of the Jewish Genome
15 Dec 2015, 17.00. Old Mining Bldg 2.01
New developments in DNA technology are having a huge impact on medical genetics, forensic identification, and exciting areas of research, including ancient DNA studies. But the technology is also aiding a growing industry in genetic genealogies, where human identity is defined in terms of DNA variants, rather than customs, language, family and home. It is no surprise that some genetics projects, like that of the Jewish genome, have become deeply controversial. It is proving hard to strike a balance between recognising the usefulness and excitement of the new genetics research, and resisting a return to crude categories of human racial differences.
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