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It seems the general public has stopped chuckling over the reports that Jim Watson's DNA contains far more genes of African heritage than should be expected for a typical person of European descent -- and started wondering what the heck that even means. Slate's "Explainer" offers a breakdown of how the determination was made and what it says about Jim. This won't be news to GTO readers, but it's a nice synopsis for your friends in the lay audience.

 

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