Abraham's Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People
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In his newest book, Abraham’s Children (Warner Books, 2007), AEI adjunct fellow Jon Entine tackles the thorny issue of DNA and identity. Driven by the deaths of numerous family members from breast cancer mutations linked to his Jewish ancestry, and found to be a carrier himself, Entine unravels an epic Listen to Audio

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tale of the history of the Israelites and their impact on Western culture. He challenges the conventional wisdom that genetic differences between populations are superficial, which some scientists advanced when the draft of human genome was first unveiled in 2000. Entine points to more recent and sophisticated research that underscores the diverse genetic breadth of humanity but acknowledges that humans have evolved in distinct, if overlapping, groups in different parts of the world over thousands of years. Jews, isolated by culture and religion, are a favorite subject of scientists and genealogical sleuths. The implications of this fresh perspective is dramatically changing the way we think about disease, behavior, intelligence, and education, just to name a few areas of interest.

AEI’s Charles Murray and Laurie Zoloth of Northwestern University will join Entine in discussing the critical role of DNA in transforming our understanding of human potential, and its vast implications for medicine, education, science, and law. AEI’s Sally Satel, M.D., will moderate.

1:45 p.m.
Jon Entine, AEI
Charles Murray, AEI
Laurie Zoloth, Center for Genetic Medicine, Northwestern University
Sally Satel, M.D., AEI
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  • Jon Entine, a former Emmy-winning producer for NBC News and ABC News, researches and writes about corporate responsibility and science and society. His books include No Crime But Prejudice: Fischer Homes, the Immigration Fiasco, and Extra-Judicial Prosecution (TFG Books, May 2009), about prosecutorial excesses; Abraham's Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People (Grand Central Publishing, 2007), which focuses on the genetics of race; Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics Is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture (AEI Press, 2006), about the genetic modification of food and farming; Pension Fund Politics: The Dangers of Socially Responsible Investing (AEI Press, 2005), which reveals the effects of social investing on pension funds; and the best-selling Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We're Afraid to Talk about It (Public Affairs, 2000), based on an award-winning NBC News documentary. Currently, Mr. Entine is an adviser to Global Governance Watch (GGW), a project that examines transparency and accountability issues at the United Nations (UN), in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and in related international organizations. GGW also analyzes the impact of UN agencies and NGOs on government and corporations. He is also working on a book exploring the revolutionary impact of genomic research on medical treatments and traditional perceptions of human limits and capabilities.

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  • Charles Murray is a political scientist, author, and libertarian. He first came to national attention in 1984 with the publication of Losing Ground, which has been credited as the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. His 1994 New York Times bestseller, The Bell Curve (Free Press, 1994), coauthored with the late Richard J. Herrnstein, sparked heated controversy for its analysis of the role of IQ in shaping America’s class structure. Murray's other books include What It Means to Be a Libertarian (1997), Human Accomplishment (2003), In Our Hands (2006), and Real Education (2008). His most recent book, Coming Apart (Crown Forum, 2012), describes an unprecedented divergence in American classes over the last half century.

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