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Your “Yes and No” answers to “Is modern genetics a blind alley?” (BMJ
2010; 34: 108) reminds me of what I wrote 2 years ago and never submitted.
As a retired general internist, with no special genetics training, I
asked an expert to explain polytene chromosome. “We don’t know anything
about that, it’s epigenetics”. When I later repeated the sentence to a
retired Pediatric Psychiatrist, she became irate and said “We know a lot
about epigenetics.” She sent me 2 related reprints, both dealing with
uncovering relatively uncommon congenital diseases.
Epigenetics ought to be included in the discussion of “Yes or No.”
Charles M. Grossman, M.D.
9507 NW Roseway Ave.
Portland, OR 97231