Left Wing Genetics

June 3rd, 2005 by Josh

I’ve spent most of the past few days blogging about politics. Specifically the Downing Street Memo that indicates Bush lied to the country and the world to bring us to war in Iraq. Also Rep. John Conyers Jr.’s petition to ask the President for answers about the memo and the war. Over at the Big Brass Alliance and After Downing Street there’s a concerted effort to get these issues out and into the mainstream media. If you haven’t already, please sign the petition and join the effort.

Meanwhile the NY Times has two very interesting articles about genetics. In the first, researchers at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna have discovered that by altering a single specific gene in male or female fruit flies, that fly will exhibit homosexual behavior. This discovery continues to refute the conservative idea that being gay is a choice. (Aside: But I’m A Cheerleader is a funny movie.)

The other article, that I enjoyed even more, was about research done at the University of Utah that hypothesizes intelligence and disease may be linked in Ashkenazic genes. The gist is that since Ashkenazi Jews were forced during most of the past 2000 years to work commerce jobs that required a higher level of intelligence than agricultural jobs, the genetic mutations that lead to higher intelligence also created diseases like Tay-Sachs. It’s a controversial article but it just might prove once and for all that we are the chosen people!


2 Responses to “Left Wing Genetics”

  1. Lisa Says:

    I especially liked the comment by one of the researchers that “It would be hard to overstate how politically incorrect this paper is.” I think the article is interesting but as you say, very controversial, and moreover the whole idea of the “chosen people” rubs me the wrong way, since I’m not one of ‘em (well, maybe half chosen)

  2. Half Sigma Says:

    Ashkenazi Jews have higher IQs because of their genes

    This is not news to anyone familiar with the literature on intelligence. The news here is that major news organizations, including The New York Times and The Economist have picked up on the story, thanks to a soon to

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