Blut und Boden

Henry Porter points out the flaws in the UK Border Agency’s new – racist – experiment in taking DNA from asylum seekers to determine their country of origin.

This is the extremely inexact science of inference. For example, if they were to take my DNA, the UK Border Agency scientists would likely conclude that the characteristics of my mitochondrial DNA suggest I came from the western Pyrenees or Finland, two areas where you find a high percentage of people belonging to a genetic group called Velda, of which I am a member. If you looked at the isotopes in some of my body tissue you might conclude that I was German because I spent my early years from birth in Germany.