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Question for the anti-vaxxers who are having a hissy over the Nature study

June 14, 2010

If we can accept the science that shows, according to Gluckman and Hanson (2006), that obesity is influenced by “an estimated 250 genes and because of many influences in the environment” (Berger, 2008), then why are the anti-vaxxers not willing to accept the science that shows that many, many genes are implicated in the expression of autism (and the concomitant realization that of course the environment contributes to the expression)?

Oh, that’s right.

1. They really don’t understand science, especially the idea of the rich interplay between genes themselves and the rich interplay between genes and environment.

2. They probably would reject the 250 genes argument for obesity if they were aware of it. And argue that the Snickers manufacturers bought the researchers off.

I’m just saying. The folks over at AoA engaging in some hellaciously stupid rhetoric right now over this Nature study prove that they really, really, really don’t understand the science, see conspiracies everywhere and are now hypothetically arguing that no one should move to Canada because some of the 120 researchers (as Scherer himself said) are from Canada.

Thelma, with whom I’ve been discussing this, says, concisely, in her own blunt way: dumbasses.


Two potential sources for Gluckman and Hanson in 2006 (Berger lists two, but doesn’t specify which of the two she’s referring to, so both, most likely): Developmental Origins of Health and Disease and Mismatch: Why Our World No Longer Fits Our Bodies.

Berger (2008). The Developing Person Through the Lifespan 7th Edition.

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