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One of the core claims of #RaceRealism (AKA #ScientificRacism) is that white supremacy is genetic - things like the mutation that let northern Europeans drink cow-milk (nevermind that African groups who herd cattle have the same mutation).

Their theory is really wild - like the genes that produces the enzymes to consume lactose drifted over from the yeast cultures that ferment milk into other dairy products.

Basically, they're claiming that Swede genes are made of cheese.

(Who am I to disagree?)

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In 2000 the HGP quoted an audacious statistic about the level of DNA similarity between different humans that was quickly adopted by academics, pro-egalitarian activists, and race-deniers. These groups have loudly championed this statistic with patronizing adulation ever since.
But is it true? The HGP’s findings were predicated on the assumption that all parts of human genome are identical except for SNPs (changes to single nucleotides that can regulate allelic expression in genes) which they calculated at a maximum variance of 0.1% between all humans.
Studies involving a new trend in molecular genetics called DNA copy number variations (CNVs) that challenges the stat. were first published in 2002 but have been absent from much of the subsequent social commentary and mainstream news articles.
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