Episode 16 - Ancestry

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Who was Henrietta Lacks? Are DNA tests the new astrology? What’s really happening with all the data genealogy companies are gathering? And why are they so popular? A lot of debunked “science” from the 1800s about our faces and our families is being treated as though this time it could be right, rather than racist, because “the tech is better.” We discuss the facial recognition ‘gaydar’ study aka 21st century physiognomy, forensic genetics, and the scammers claiming your genes can predict income.

Footnotes

  1. How one woman’s immoral cells saved millions of lives
    https://allthatsinteresting.com/henrietta-lacks

  2. AI gaydar study gets another look
    https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/09/13/prominent-journal-accepted-controversial-study-ai-gaydar-reviewing-ethics-work

  3. Researchers want to link genes and income
    https://www.wired.com/story/researchers-want-to-link-your-genes-and-incomeshould-they/

  4. Tenants Outraged Over New York Landlord's Plan To Install Facial Recognition Technology
    https://m.slashdot.org/story/353988

  5. Twitter thread of Ancestry.com whitewashing slavery
    https://twitter.com/AdamHDomby/status/1119232433193353218?s=19

  6. What the golden state killer tells us about forensic genetics
    https://www.wired.com/story/the-meteoric-rise-of-family-tree-forensics-to-fight-crimes/

  7. Exclusive: How Elizabeth Holmes’s House of Cards Came Tumbling Down (The story of Thanatos)
    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/09/elizabeth-holmes-theranos-exclusive

  8. Bad Blood Review: The Biggest Scam in Silicon Valley
    https://www.gq.com/story/bad-blood-review

  9. Immigration Agents Taking DNA Samples from Separated Children
    https://www.democracynow.org/2018/7/5/headlines/immigration_agents_taking_dna_samples_from_separated_children

  10. A biography of Margaret Sanger
    https://www.biography.com/activist/margaret-sanger

  11. An Act of Genocide: Canada’s Coerced Sterilization of First Nations Women
    https://intercontinentalcry.org/canadas-coerced-sterilization-of-first-nations-women/

  12. Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless
    https://www.vox.com/2014/7/15/5881947/myers-briggs-personality-test-meaningless

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