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Choice of Identity

People who take genetic ancestry tests choose which results they incorporate into their sense of ethnic or racial identity, a new study appearing in the American Journal of Sociology has found.

A pair of researchers from the University of British Columbia interviewed 100 US adults who identified as white, black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, or Native American before taking a genetic ancestry test.

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