Like the Emperor’s New Clothes, DNA Kits Are a Tailored Illusion

Genetic ancestry kits provide an empty story tailored to stoke our hopes and fears

Aeon Magazine
May 21 · 6 min read
You’ve got her eyes. ‘Louis XIV and the Royal Family’ (1670) by Jean Nocret. Image courtesy of the Palace of Versailles/Wikimedia Commons

By George Estreich

Most people remember the emperor: a vain ruler, swindled into paying for a nonexistent magical garment, parades in public, only to be embarrassed by a little boy. To me, the…

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