Monday, November 12, 2007

I'll Wait for the Movie

Megan didn't think much of Edward Ball's new book, The Genetic Strand: Exploring a Family History through DNA. The reviewer for the New York Post was equally unimpressed.

Ball believes Americans ought to be more skeptical of science in general and of DNA testing in particular. That's not a bad piece of advice. But it would also be a good idea to be wary of the claims of self-absorbed writers. Especially one who informs us that “everyone has 16 great-grandparents," or who tells us of a man who married either the sister or the daughter of onetime Vice President John Garner. Ball refers to the bride as Garner's sister on one paragraph, and as Garner's daughter in the next paragraph. Which one was it? Well, Garner and his wife had one child, a son. Must have been his sister.

That's the great thing about writing. It's not exactly a science. [Link]


While the author's opinions may not be shared by many, I recommend reading this book for the account of investigations into DNA.

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