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DNA Testing Reveals Brazilian Identity

DNA Testing Reveals Brazilian Identity

A BBC project that conducted DNA testing to find out the ancestry of nine celebrity Brazilians uncovered some surprising facts. Brazil has African roots, and one of the country's lead singers, Neguinho da Beija-Flor prides himself on his African ancestry. However, DNA testing revealed the majority of his genes were European with just 31% African.

DNA Testing Determines Ancestry

DNA testing is an increasingly popular way of determining your ancestral genetic make-up. But DNA testing can have far reaching consequences for people who base their identity on their roots. It can for instance impact on racists who pride themselves on their white roots - DNA testing usually shows ancestral make-up to be a 'racial democracy'.

DNA Testing for Afro-Brazilian Project

The BBC Brazilian Service conducted the DNA testing as part of an Afro-Brazilian Roots project. The DNA testing simply involved a mouth swab; the DNA sequences were then compared to a gene database to discover a rough percentage of ancestral make-up. The maternal line is analysed through mtDNA and the paternal line through the Y chromosome.

Race and DNA

Race has always been used in destructive ways throughout history. Whether it's the genocide of Hitler based on white supremacy, or the discrimination of society against blacks. In Brazil, black people are socially disadvantaged although there are more blacks there than any other nation outside of Africa. DNA testing showed that skin colour is not always a true indicator of race or ancestry.

Genes Not Skin Colour

Scientists say that it is just a small handful of genes that dictate the colour of our skin, and that those genes are not a real indicator of racial ancestry. So DNA testing could show a white person could have more African genes then a black one for instance. The Portuguese, French, Irish and other Europeans throughout history went to Brazil in search of a new home, so many black Brazilians have strong European as well as African genetic make-up.

DNA Testing and Racism

However there are some people who are cynical about the fact that DNA testing can blow away myths about race and colour. Some still believe that people will discriminate on skin colour regardless of what DNA testing reveals about genetic make-up.

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