Awhile back I read about a guy who had been a principal and avid adocate for African-Americans in the southern States. He came from Creole stock and believed that the majority of his heritage was African. On a whim, he did one of those DNA mouth swab tests that offers indications of what percentages your DNA matches up with various ethnicities. He was shocked to discover that he had no African blood at all.
I'm kind of fascinated by the idea, as we know a fair bit about 3-5 generations back and there is no Jewish background that we know of, but my brother and even father frequently are assumed to be Jewish based on their appearance. This occurs to such a degree that my brother has even called my mum a couple of times asking her if she is really sure that we are not Jewish somewhere along the line.
Apparently one university prof in the States was gathering information for a study he was doing and offered for his class to be tested free of charge. Many took him up on it and were very surprised at the results. They were interviewed about how they viewed their cultural identity in conjuction with their genetics. Were the two separate entities, or did one impact the other?
What do you think? If you were offered the chance to be tested, would you do it if it were free? Would you consider paying to do it? What do you see as the pros/cons?