Decolonize DNA Day

On April 24th, 2020 I watched Keolu Fox, a Kānaka Maoli Genome Scientist and Assistant Professor partake in an inspiring Twitter “talk”. His Twitter talk discussed the unethical use of remains in order to become published or to make a couple bucks. The world’s use of technology in this day and age has resulted in more and more bones being dug up and studied. Fox argues that the “bone rush” is unethical because indigenous peoples remains are being exposed and put into “dust-filled” drawers. He suggests creating the first “biocolonial black list”, which would contain all the researches who have been published through the unethical treatment of human remains. Overall, it was an interesting Twitter talk to attend because I have never thought about this before. The dead do not have a voice, so who will speak for them?