Editor's note: We commend to your attention this definitive new post, "The Great DNA Deficit -- Are Genes for Disease a Mirage?" by Jonathan Latham and Allison Wilson, at the Bioscience Resource Project site. The authors do a superb job of pointing to the ultimate emptiness of gene research into the causes of disease. Beyond a few well-characterized single-gene disorders that were already known, billions of dollars of research has essentially led to one inescapable conclusion: Genes have little to do with disease, and environment has a lot to do with it. The implications, of course, powerfully apply to autism: "We can reiterate that according to the best available data, genetic predispositions (i.e. causes) have a negligible role in heart disease, cancer, stroke, autoimmune diseases, obesity, autism, Parkinson’s disease, depression, schizophrenia and many other common mental and physical illnesses that are the major killers in Western countries."
Yet medical, scientific and media interests ignore the obvious: that the environment is where the clues and potential cures can be found. "Politicians like genetic determinism as a theory of disease because it substantially reduces their responsibility for people’s ill-health. By shifting blame towards individuals and their genetic ‘predispositions’ it greatly dilutes the pressure they may feel to regulate, ban, or tax harmful products and contaminants, courses of action that typically offend their business constituents. For a politician, therefore, spending tax dollars on medical genetics is an easy and even popular decision."
This article points clearly to a better way. Please read it now HERE.