“…there is no support from the field of population genetics for Wade’s conjectures.”

If you are a regular patron of The Finch & Pea, you know that Nicholas Wade’s controversial book, A Troublesome Inheritance (link is to David Dobbs’ unflattering review), is a work of pseudoscience that purports to draw on the fields of human and population genetics to support a panoply of racist stereotypes. Now, a lengthy list of leaders in these fields, tired of their work being misappropriated, have signed a letter asserting:

We are in full agreement that there is no support from the field of population genetics for Wade’s conjectures. – Graham Coop, Michael Eisen, Rasmus Nielsen, Molly Przeworski & Noah Rosenberg (+134 signatories)

As Mary Carmichael notes, this is probably the first time these 139 scientists have ever agreed on anything.

*Hat tip to Daniel MacArthur.

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4 responses to ““…there is no support from the field of population genetics for Wade’s conjectures.”

  1. Nice post. It’s Coop not Copp, and it would be great if you’d list other 4 main authors. I’m just first alphabetically.

    • Thanks for the compliment & catching the typo. Typos happen, but they are at their worst when it is someone’s name.

      I’ve added the other main authors. I’m going to blame my haste on trying to get this posted while my kids were in the bath; but I appreciate your desire to share the credit on this important effort.

  2. Pingback: Science for the People: Troublesome Inheritance | The Finch and Pea

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