The future of race and genetics

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How to argue with a racist

Race and racism seem to have increasingly become part of the public discourse. Race hate crime is on the rise and racist acts too often populate the front and back covers of the newspapers. In this discussion on race and genetics with broadcaster Andrea Catherwood, Dr Adam Rutherford discusses the role science has played in current, prevalent racist opinions. Adam explores what genetics say about skin colour, ancestry, intelligence, sporting prowess, so-called racial purity and superiority. He talks about the hugely popular ancestry tests and why he is critical of them and shares with us a scientific toolkit to separate fact from myth in understanding how we are different and how we are the same.

Dr Adam Rutherford
Science-writer and broadcaster

Dr Adam Rutherford is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship science programme Inside Science, as well as many documentaries on the inheritance of intelligence, on MMR and autism, human evolution and scientific fraud. Adam has a PhD in Genetics, a degree in evolutionary biology, is an honorary Research Fellow at UCL, and is a former editor of the journal Nature.

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