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From: Vincent Vizachero <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] OT How many races are there?
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 20:20:37 -0400
This exactly highlights the arbitrary nature of the classifications.
Is there a biological basis for distinguishing between "main genetic
clusters" and "subclusters"? Of course not. This is entirely the
opinion of the authors. They are entitled to it, I guess, but lets
not pretend the distinction is real or scientifically sound.
Every cluster is a subcluster of something else. And vice-versa.
In fact, the study found that they could differentiate nearly 30
different populations from each other. That those populations don't
fit someone's preconception of what a "race" should be is, at the risk
of being blunt, just too bad.
On Mar 17, 2010, at 7:40 PM, Raymond Whritenour wrote:
> So, this study states: "without using prior information about the
> origins of individuals, we identified six main genetic clusters,
> five of which correspond to major geographic regions, and
> subclusters that often correspond to individual populations."
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