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From: "Havelock Vetinari" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] White skin color gene
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2006 16:07:12 -0500
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In-Reply-To: <4e82a5676ejohn@cartmell.demon.co.uk>


How can you say the genetic difference is minute? The fact that nearly
everyone in Europe has this particular mutation means that it must
have been favored by natural selection.

Regards,

Paul D.


On 11/8/06, John Cartmell <> wrote:
> On 08 Nov, Jackson Montgomery-Devoni <> wrote:
>
>
>
> > Here is another interesting article about human skin color. I found it quite
> > interesting from a genetic point of view. I am not sure if any one else on
> > here has read about his before or not. Anyways here it is:
>
> > http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/15/AR2005121501728_pf.html
>
> "Even study leader Keith Cheng said he was at first uncomfortable talking
> about the new work, fearing that the finding of such a clear genetic
> difference between people of African and European ancestries might reawaken
> discredited assertions of other purported inborn differences between races --
> the most long-standing and inflammatory of those being intelligence."
>
> There is **no** "such a clear genetic difference between people of African and
> European ancestries" and Keith Cheng wants to be severely criticised for
> suggesting that there is. His work shows that there is no clear difference -
> and where the skin colour difference does lie (not between African and
> European) the difference is minute.


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