Given the explosion of DNA testing news lately, it's no surprise to see an article about the downside of genetic tests. This piece from the New York Times chronicles the work of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., who has helped bring genetic testing into the vernacular but has also become a strong critic of the field after tests of his own DNA gave conflicting results.

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