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June 16, 2017

Interview: Genetic Testing Raises New Questions About Race

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WUNC – With the rise of a competitive market for personal gene testing, the tool is becoming more available and affordable to the public. People can now swab their cheek, send the sample off to a lab, and wait patiently for a private company with a massive gene database to tell them where in the world their genes are from. But what do these tests reveal about personal identity and what do they imply about race? 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Glen Fisher, financial aid advisor at Durham Technical Community College, who took a DNA ancestry test, and Charmaine Royal, associate professor in the department of African and African-American studies at Duke and the founding director of the Duke Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference.

Listen to the interview and read more at WUNC.

SciPol Editors' Note: Dr. Charmaine Royal is an affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, the parent organization of SciPol.