State of genetic predictions: an example

While we don’t take anecdotes too seriously on this blog, here I will present a small one. If you are one of those who have purchased genetic test results from consumer genomics companies such as 23andme or ancestry.com, you can download your ‘raw’ data and upload it elsewhere (or look at it yourself). I saw…

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Polygenic euphemisms

As every reader knows, whenever powers that be come up with a new euphemism for something, this works, and the previous meanings and associations are quickly forgotten. That’s why we… oh right: Linguists are familiar with the phenomenon, which may be called the euphemism treadmill. People invent new words for emotionally charged referents, but soon…

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Hereditarian predictions

Putting these in writing in a single place for ease of reference. Unfortunately, no one wrote down all these predictions some years ago to show they really were predictions, but one could probably find textual evidence for many of these in various papers and blogposts. Some of them have been supported already, and some are…

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Fake news on James Watson’s DNA

Some readers might remember back in 2007, it was widely reported that Chad James Watson has African ancestry: New York Times: DNA Pioneer’s Genome Blurs Race Lines A new analysis of Dr. Watson’s genome shows that he has 16 times the number of genes considered to be of African origin than the average white European…

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