Why You Should Think Twice About Those DNA-By-Mail Results

Can anthropology help us think skeptically about DNA ancestry-testing? Barbara J. King interviews anthropologist and author Jonathan Marks on racism in science.

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In a new book, University of North Carolina-Charlotte anthropologist Jonathan Marks says that racism in science is alive and well.

This stands in sharp contrast to creationist thinking, Marks says, which is, like racism, decidedly evident in our society but most certainly not welcome in science.

In Is Science Racist?, Marks writes:

"If you espouse creationist ideas in science, you are branded as an ideologue, as a close-minded pseudo-scientist who is unable to adopt a modern perspective, and who consequently has no place in the community of scholars. But if you espouse racist ideas in science, that's not quite so bad. People might look at you a little askance, but as a racist you can coexist in science alongside

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