The ongoing WCU communications studies project has delved into the “narratives at the intersection of race and identity” — especially when DNA testing contradicts long-held beliefs, according to a report in The New York Times by Foeman.
“Biologically, our ancestral differences reflect only a 0.1 percent difference in DNA. Yet we often cling to those differences,” she wrote.
While the tests look back hundreds of years, volunteers often base their identities on a much shorter timeframe.
“It is a new twist on an old narrative made possible by cutting-edge science,” Foeman said. “The conversation is complicated and jagged, and it mercifully undermines neat, simplistic stories.”
Read more about the WCU DNA testing project, including a few examples, in The New York Times here.