On BioScience and Life and Such

The need for restraint

In Uncategorized on December 12, 2007 at 1:32 pm

Overselling Science is probably the biggest threat to scientific credibility, nevermind cheaters like Hwo Suk Hwang or even intelligent design. These are obvious and passing threats, easy to neutralize. Rather, do mind genetic genealogy companies telling you they can find your extended family (when what they actually find is your haplogroup), personal genetics companies telling you about your lifestyle and disease risks (when these risks are low and penetrance is uncertain), – and mind greatly: dating companies telling you they can find your match based on your DNA-profile.

We are moving in the right direction, let’s not screw it up for ourselves.

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