Monday, April 24, 2017

DNA tests, and sometimes surprising results

This study comes from a communications studies project at West Chester University to determine differences between how people define themselves, and if their DNA results affect their feelings on race and identity. Ancestral differences makeup only 0.1 percent of our DNA, but that small percentage is how people separate or unify themselves with others. It is interesting to see how people identify themselves, and the purposes for certain identification such as parental influence. It was seen in the study that younger generations and women were more accepting of DNA results containing diversity compared to older generations and men. Ancestral results may tell us what we are physically made of, but based off of the opinions of participants in this study, ancestral DNA does not have to tell us who we are.
West Chester University 


  1. I agree DNA does not have to tell us who we are. In this case I believe its social conditioning that influence our acceptance of race and/or identity.

  2. We are all connected in many ways which includes DNA but that 0.1% changes and defines us as individual human beings.