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  1. Unless there’s another article that andrewphelps is referring to, or the online version has been tweaked from the print version, I don’t think you can call the NYT coverage irresponsible – this qualifier-laden verbiage is the second paragraph:

    “When it becomes affordable to have one’s genome sequenced, perhaps in a few years, a longevity test, though not a foolproof one, may be feasible, if a new claim holds up. Scientists studying the genomes of centenarians in New England say they have identified a set of genetic variants that predicts extreme longevity with 77 percent accuracy.”

    If bets were hedged any further, the thing would be unreadable!

  2. Andrew Phelps

    Dave, I hadn’t read the NYT story. I had heard an NPR story and read about the study elsewhere on the Web.

    Blogged here: http://wbur.org/2010/07/02/dna-determinism

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