Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Shy Scientist Syndrome...

In 2007, Chinese geneticists discovered vast differences in the genetic makeup of Africans, Asians and Caucasians. They will soon report a breakthrough showing why some people -- such as Tibetans -- can live effortlessly at high altitudes while others can't.


Now a full-time employee while continuing his studies, Zhao is turning his attention to a topic Western researchers have shied away from because of ethical worries: Zhao plans to study the genes of 1,000 of his best-performing classmates at a top high school in Beijing and compare them, he said, "with 1,000 normal kids."


Ethical worries?

The article demonstrates that it isn't only some Western scientists who "shy away" from such topics, but the media also.

I have a suspicion that the reason there is so much "shyness" about genetic research is that the politically motivated scientists and the media both know that the science will tare asunder their scared cow of "equality".