100% English was a Channel 4Wp globe tiny.gif television programmeWp globe tiny.gif shown in November 2006 in the United KingdomWp globe tiny.gif. It looked at the genetic makeup of English peopleWp globe tiny.gif who considered themselves to be ethnically English and found that while all had an ethnicWp globe tiny.gif makeup similar to people of EuropeanWp globe tiny.gif descent, a minority discovered genetic markers from North AfricaWp globe tiny.gif and the Middle EastWp globe tiny.gif from several generations before they were born. The presenter was Andrew Graham-DixonWp globe tiny.gif[1]. The test results were interpreted by DNAPrint Genomics, based in SarasotaWp globe tiny.gif, FloridaWp globe tiny.gif.

The concept of the show was to:

Take eight people - all of whom are convinced they are 100% English. Then submit a sample of their DNA to a series of state-of-the-art tests... Lord TebbitWp globe tiny.gif, Garry BushellWp globe tiny.gif and Carol ThatcherWp globe tiny.gif are among the participants who have agreed to place their genetic make-up under the microscope..[2]

Gary BushellWp globe tiny.gif, who appeared on the show in good-faith, later criticised the slant of the programme and the portrayal of English people. On his website he stated: "Only Nazis, and it appears C4, think of national identity in terms of racial purity... Besides, you could apply the same tests to the French or Italians and get similar results, but no-one questions their right to nationhood."

Bushell also criticised DNAPrint Genomics stating their tests had a 28% error margin for European DNA and that the same DNA sample often produced radically different results. He also stated that most anthropologists disagreed with DNAPrint Genomic's racial classifications and questioned the reliability of the markers that they had used to designate African DNA.[3]


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