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12-05-2012, 04:39 PM
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Canberra, Australia
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Really? My uncle is one of the leading genetics professors in the US.
If I have a question regarding the Human Genome Project, trust me, he's a good resource.
I also know somebody who was involved in the first successful genetic sequencing efforts. Great resource, a brilliant man with so much energy, but he does discuss at great lengths some of the internal arguments that experts have on even fundamental issues. As such, an expert opinion on these issues isn't equivalent to a fact since, among other reasons, you can frequently find another expert with the opposite opinion. For example, he likes to brag that when he was at Stanford aroound the 1980s he had long-running arguments with the mainstream professors, many of whom actually thought that junk DNA was junk (hence the name which was once thought to be a sensible label but is now recognized as a misnomer).
I don't just ask him for answers, I ask him for explanations when I talk to him. He's very thorough. I guess we can blame the media here: all they quoted from that sports economics professor were his credentials and his conclusions. Maybe he has some great, well thought out reasons for his conclusions, but they're not provided in the article. They don't explain his reasoning or uncertainty level at all, which is why I said it's not worth anything.
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