GENEALOGY-DNA-L ArchivesArchiver > GENEALOGY-DNA > 2008-01 > 1199729100
Subject: Re: [DNA] Fatherhood Tied to Higher Prostate Cancer Risk
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2008 13:05:00 EST
In a message dated 1/7/08 9:03:25 AM, writes:
> Oh, good. The Europeans are already below the replacement rate with
> their reproduction. This ought to seal their fate nicely.
Your TIC response nicely illustrates one of my pet peeves with much reporting
of science news. That is the cavalier way journalists report statistical
correlation in a way that implies a cause and effect relationship.
A complete read of the article shows that the researchers are making no cause
and effect declarations, however the first paragraph of the article implies
that fatherhood causes prostate cancer. Many, maybe most browsers would read
that first paragraph, pickup the implied cause and effect relationship, and move
on. I know that not many on this list would do that, but, many in the general
Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in