[Ip-health] Chief architect of human genomics concedes that genetic contribution to disease has been greatly overestimated

jonathan latham jrlatham at gn.apc.org
Thu Jan 12 19:36:59 PST 2012


Greetings
Important news from the world of human genetics. Eric Lander, chief  
architect of the search for human disease genes, has conceded that  
much of the evidence for genetic contributions to disease is a 'phantom'
http://independentsciencenews.org/health/phantom-heritability- 
indicates-poor-predictive-value-of-gene-tests/
here is the link to the Lander paper:
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/01/04/1119675109.full.pdf
This is an interesting moment. Geneticists and genetics/medical  
journalists are going to have to make up their minds on whether or  
not to abandon their overwhelmingly genetic determinist paradigm of  
disease causation.
For the background to this, I recommend:
http://independentsciencenews.org/health/the-great-dna-data-deficit/
yours sincerely
Jonathan

Jonathan Latham (PhD)
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