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On the obesity gene 
12th-Apr-2007 07:33 pm
As you may be aware, a gene significantly linked to obesity has been discovered. The BBC just did a report on it for News 24. I was kind of annoyed when the science correspondent responded to the presenter's question of "Isn't this just common sense?" by going on about how accurate and sure the results were. Surely it's important that we actually know what the gene in question is, rather than simply having a hunch that there's something there? This wasn't even mentioned. Anyway, it's not too important.

Anyway, the real killer was when they decided to go into the study's results... by introducing us the fattest test subject with both copies of the suspect gene, and the thinnest subject with neither copy! This is completely the opposite of how the actual science of the discovery works - they've just gone and picked a couple of extreme cases and used them as evidence for some conclusion, and it goes against what the science correspondent just said - that the results are a big deal because of the number of people, generally ordinary, everyday individuals with near-average body weights. involved in the study. Bah.
13th-Apr-2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
Is this like looking at Ted Kennedy and Ann Coulter, and concluding that Democrats are fat men while Republicans are skinny women?
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