The Biochemist Blog

How much should we trust genetic ancestral tests?

By Julia Morris, University of Sheffield

Over the past two decades, the sale of commercial genetic ancestry tests has steadily increased. Celebrities such as Demi Lovato, Oprah Winfrey and Meryl Streep have used them to trace their ancestry and publicly shared their results. This, and no doubt, personal curiosity; has served to catalyse a recent boost in popularity.

My diversity story

By Elizabeth Dellar, CaSE & University of Oxford

Over the last three months I’ve been working as an intern at the CaSE. During this time, I’ve focused principally on updating our work on diversity and inclusion in STEMM, involving creating an evidence base resource for our website and writing a short briefing document, which will be published in the new year. While I have been focusing my work on actions that Government can take to improve diversity and inclusion, spending so much time reading, talking and writing about it has caused me to start viewing what I do with a diversity lens.