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The Young Science.

Published by Guzzler in the blog Guzzler's blog. Views: 584

Having seen a post on the general forum concerning a particular gene and after having many an argument about the veracity of companies like Ancestry dot com (on a forum for history buffs) I feel I must remind folks that the science of genetics is still in its infancy.
We all remember the headlines reporting that the Human Genome had been mapped but some people are under the illusion that all of the genes have been investigated and understood. People, sadly, spend a lot of money on commercial gene websites to be told that they are a direct descendant of Richard iii. FYI Richard iii left no descendants (some express a suspicion that he had an iligitimate daughter but suspicion is not fact). And remember, R3s genetic make up took months to establish, not a coupla weeks as these commercial gene identifier companies do.
Between one and four percent of the Homo Sapiens genome are Homo Neanderthalis, another two to four percent has boffins flummoxed as they are unable to strictly identify those genes but a theory has been positted that they may be linked to ancient immunity to a long extinct virus or bacteria.
Quite rightly, most investigations into the genome focuses efforts on identifying genes that cause life threatening or debilitating disease.
To push forward a genetic cause of a particular type of diabetes whilst having no background in the field of genetics is, in my opinion, irresponsible at worst and at best it is useless 'guff'.
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