Friday, October 2, 2009

Genomics to Confirm Nationality?

Thanks to Kylee for pointing out this frightening trend from the U.K. Border Agency.

Essentially, the United Kingdom is experimenting with using mitochondrial and Y-chromosome markers to determine if asylum-seekers that flee persecution are actually from the nation in question.

Advocates of this policy don't seem to understand that genetic variation is not nation-specific. Just as you cannot "look" at a person and determine their nationality, you cannot look at their DNA to make that determination either.

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