Meeting May 17, 2017

Genetics and society in the news:

  • Sniekers et al. 2017, Nature Genetics.  is a new GWAS study linking variants to intelligence. A lot of different new organizations picked it up. The quality of reporting varies quite a bit.
    • New York Times reported on it. The article is quite good and reasonable.
    • Medical Xpress got it totally wrong
    • Science Daily and Science News also reported on it.
    • We wonder what the press release from the university looked like and what the Nature News and Views summary looked like
  • Turkheimer, Harden, and Nisbett, 2017, Vox. Charles Murray is once again peddling junk science about race and IQ. Podcaster and author Sam Harris is the latest to fall for it. Vox critiques this.
  • There have been a couple articles recently critiquing the critique of Stephen Jay Gould
  • Popejoy and Fullerton, October 2016, Genomics is failing on diversity. European bias in GWAS is a persistent problem. Only 19% of non-European GWAS is Asian

Articles for discussion:

Discussion points:

  • What does consent for future mean? What is the future? How far in the future can you provide consent for?
  • What kind of outcomes can you predict from the microbiome? People are trying to predict a lot of different things. It remains to be seen what can actually be predicted.
  • Can insurance companies access these predictions and discriminate? Is microbiome genetic data covered under GINA?
  • Rob Knight looked into microbiome and violence at some point.
  • It will be interesting to see how the field progresses.


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