Mention Adam and Eve, and the press shall come

By Razib Khan | August 5, 2013 3:29 am

There were two papers in Science which came out on the Y chromosome, Sequencing Y Chromosomes Resolves Discrepancy in Time to Common Ancestor of Males Versus Females and Low-Pass DNA Sequencing of 1200 Sardinians Reconstructs European Y-Chromosome Phylogeny. I can recommend what Dienekes had to say, and I wasn’t going to comment until I saw this egregious piece in The New Scientist: Arabian flights: Early humans diverged in 150 years. Because of the title I did not initially think that this had anything to do with the Y chromosome, but it turns out that the piece uses the finding that three primary non-African haplogroups diverged in rapid succession from each other as the hook for the headline. In fact not only does the Y not offer definitive accounts of human history, it doesn’t even necessarily tell us about the history of men. It’s a marker, not a time machine. To repeat: the history of a specific genetic locus is not the history of a population. It has to be said.

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  • Hisham ElDai

    I find it very scary that media is only adding to the rift between non scnience poeple and science people. At times they quote the story wrong and draw funny conclusions. That wishful thinking can be very distressing to ones living on hope of a treatment or a better diagnosis.

    The post in this link here has hilariously described this divide…http://9gag.com/gag/a3YBZE3?ref=t

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