Bones and Genes: Fortune’s Bones Redux

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  1. Steven Lubet says:

    I am not sure the term “next of kin” can be applied to Richard III, who died over 500 years ago. Assuming only 4 generations per century (thus, 20 generations), a descendant today would share only 1/1,048,576 of Richard’s dna. I suppose interbreeding (common among nobility) could make the relationship somewhat closer. On the other hand, even one additional generation — 21 in 528 years — would dilute the relationship to 1/2,097,152.

  2. There are any number of good books of late regarding “the dramatic increase in corporatized scientific research [in sundry domains of science] that purports to benefit humankind,” but I’d like to mention and recommend one in particular: Hilary Rose and Steven Rose, Genes, Cells and Brains: The Promethean Promises of the New Biology (Verso, 2012).