DNA from the 40,000-year-old bones of a modern human found in Europe contains Neanderthal genes.
Antibiotics given to infant mice may have long-term effects on the animals’ metabolism and gut microbiota.
Yeah, right. That?s the assessment on the just-published hapmap papers from a headline writer at NorthJersey.com, the Web site for several newspapers in the region. And the headline writer is not alone; the story that follows is pretty uncritical too. This reflexive applause?and there were other enthusiastic media reports about this latest analysis of the human genome--generates ridiculous expectations of immediate cures. That?s bad news for scientists who can?t possibly meet them. It?s lou
October 28, 2005|