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From: "Raymond Whritenour" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] OT How many races are there?
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 18:38:54 -0400
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Then why haven't these readily made distinctions been translated into biogeographical tests? These are exactly the kinds of test results many people have been asking for and looking for for many years, now. With all the myriad of data used for the 23andMe test, they apparently can't distinguish more than three racial groups!

DNAPrint thought they could make distinctions within their "Indo-European" BGA group, and offered that Euro-test. It was an utter failure, giving bizarre results that had little correspondence with the known ancestry of almost everyone they tested!

You say 3 or 4 or 5 is not the magic number, but, until you can show me a test which can accurately distinguish more racial groups than these, your assurance that it can be done--and, done quite readily!--leaves me unconvinced.

Ray Whritenour
----- Original Message -----
From: Vincent Vizachero<mailto:>
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Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 5:59 PM
Subject: Re: [DNA] OT How many races are there?

There are so many ways they could have failed to do this that I
hesitate to speculate, but lack of marketability or intellectual
horsepower come to mind as two possibilities.

I can, however, observe that studies have been published which can do
this sort of thing quite readily.


On Mar 17, 2010, at 5:34 PM, Raymond Whritenour wrote:

> They were NEVER able to discover markers which distinguish Japanese
> from Vietnamese, nor Italians from Norwegians; but, they were ALWAYS
> able to distinguish "East Asians" from "Europeans."

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