Posted by: paulgarner | April 16, 2009

And now for something completely different…

A bit of light relief, in fact: the British comedy genius, John Cleese, subjecting genetic determinism to his biting wit. Enjoy.

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  1. […] Hat tip: Paul Garner […]

  2. Cleese is probably right. I heard something on Radio 4 or was it a New Scientist article(?) that said that some scientists have come to the conclusion that individual genes aren’t as responsible for health issues like cancer as previously thought. Indeed issues like environment might be more important. The actions of a single gene may by itself not be that significant. Rather it is far, far more complex than many realised. Some have even suggested that all the money spent on genetic research may be a waste.

  3. “Some have even suggested that all the money spent on genetic research may be a waste.”

    What do you mean by that? Research into whether having a certain genotype will put you at higher risk to cancer (or other disease)? Or research into how the genome changes in cancer cells, or how genes (and proteins) are involved in other diseases?

    Because although I have no idea whether you are right about having certain mutations putting people at risk of cancer, the genetic research is essential in drug design.


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