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This weekend, the New York Times had an article on increasing concerns about prejudice as DNA becomes the currency of the era. "Genetic information is slipping out of the laboratory and into everyday life, carrying with it the inescapable message that people of different races have different DNA," writes Amy Harmon. She adds that genetic advances targeted for particular ethnicities have some people worried that "they may also be giving long-discredited racial prejudices a new potency."

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