The dangers of science as communicated by media, more than anything. Between the DNA analysis and the TV show that made the announcement that he had dark skin, more genes affecting skin colour had been discovered - science marches on, but the TV show had already been recorded, and was presented as "current", without acknowledgement of the advances made since.
Not an uncommon scenario - a theory, or discovery, will work its way through journal after journal, paper after paper, before eventually being picked up by the media and given a sexy headline, that may well miss the point, or embellish in one area or another, or ignore subsequent findings.
The danger is that, in an age of anti-intellectualism, we're left with another reason for people who don't understand the scientific process to mistrust science, or to view it as having a political agenda.
If you'll allow me to be the pub bore in the corner, that wonderful term, apostropaic, is indeed--as it appears to be--related to the humble 'apostrophe'.
The word is from the Greek apostrephein, which means 'to turn away': an indication that a letter or letters have been omitted ('turned away') in one sense, and made with the intention of barring admission in the other.
It's a pretty weird idea really, but very old. The notion of the Evil Eye and the amulets that turn it away may be one of the very oldest supernatural beliefs. I personally consider it an allegory on the dangers inspired by jealousy, which is a very toxic emotion regardless of whether you are feeling it or its recipient.