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October 06, 2003

MacArthur Awards

Two MacArthur 'geniuses' advance genetics.

Upate: Friend @ MIT fwded me this link on this 22 year old MIT professor who also got a grant. Very interesting.

Posted by razib at 02:34 PM

From the article: "He and his colleagues have shown that many species boundaries are porous, permitting gene flow."

Exactly. I've long maintained that the idea of homo sapiens as a unique species cannot be verified unless and until man has attempted copulation and (vital) subsequent reproduction with EVERY other species on the planet. E.g. Suppose a man was to mate with an Argentian fire ant-might there be gene flow? Anecdotal evidence says no, not after at least 83 separate attempts anyway. But proof! man, proof!, they say they want more proof before they'll publish. ruthless bastards.

Posted by: martin at October 6, 2003 08:46 PM

Score one for homeschoolers: if you look at the brief bio information for the young guy at MIT who won a Macarthur, you'll see he was educated at home from age 7-12. After which he went straight to university.

Posted by: bbartlog at October 8, 2003 11:17 AM