Discussion in 'Science & Society' started by prozak, Oct 4, 2002.
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trippy?? perhaps in the wrong hands........
Are there "wrong" or "right" hands? I think only the latter exist (hehe).
It's interesting to see alleged genetic evidence on racial migration make it into the news.
what about your hands prozac??
alleged? this aint pseudoscience. once the snp database is built up, an accurate ancestry can be given for any individual
"But geneticists independent of the company expressed reservations about the accuracy of any such test, noting that there was still relatively little data about genetic differences between ethnic groups.
"It's possible in principle to estimate the extent of admixture, but the number is not going to be very accurate," said Dr. Stephen J. O'Brien, a population geneticist at the National Cancer Institute, referring to the proportion of different ancestry in people of mixed race.
Dr. Frudakis said the test was based on a set of genetic markers known as SNP's, pronounced "snips," that were mostly drawn from public databases. SNP's are sites along the human genome where alternative chemical letters of DNA, the genetic material, are commonly found, with some people having one letter, some another."
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