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Genetic Linkage

12 Alternative Facts of Human Genetics

January 28, 2017

Tags: alternative facts, Kellyanne Conway, history of genetics, Mendel, Griffith

Iíve always wanted to write about my favorite experiment in human genetics, but a news hook was elusive. Not any more! Thank you Kellyanne Conway for your intriguing concept of "alternative facts."

Iím writing the 12th edition of my human genetics textbook right now, so itís the perfect time to browse through the pages and select a few turning points in time when genetic reality might have diverged, leading to different outcomes, if "alternative facts" were possible. But first, to illustrate how scientists reject hypotheses to reach a conclusion, a brief review of whatís been called "The Most Beautiful Experiment in Biology". (more…)

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