[ExI] NYT: Born to Run? Little Ones Get Test for Sports Gene

Stefano Vaj stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Mon Dec 1 18:00:06 UTC 2008

On Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 11:22 PM, PJ Manney <pjmanney at gmail.com> wrote:

> Regarding the below test, even if the gene analysis is true, it's a
> scam IMHO.


>   That a gene backs up their ability
> is like saying I should check if my daughter has a gene for blue eyes
> when I can see her eyes are blue.

I do not really see your point. One may have a genetically-influenced
somewhat-weak immune system. Yet he or she may never get any actual cold
during their entire life. Wouldn't it nevertheless interesting to know?

The "absolute" musical ear appears to be a feature controlled by a single
gene (and requiring anyway an intensive and early training to develop). Does
it mean that if I am lucky enough to have it I am more likely to become a
musician? Why would that be the case? And if this is not the case, as it
obviously is not, would that make me less interested in knowing that I have
(or had) the genetic potential to develop it?

Stefano Vaj
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