Following on from my James D. Watson link, yesterday a colleague of mine lobbed me a review copy of DNA and the Criminal Justice System by David Lazer. Click the smaller image below to see an interesting diagram it reproduces from a textbook in use in the early half of the twentieth century (unfortunately it’s impossible to give a more precise date from the context).

Eugenics bollocks

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Gossip has that, at the peak of the race to sequence the human genome, the acute shortage of manually dexterous workers needed to make the “final push” for the sequence was answered by another Nobelist (and bearded real ale drinker) hiring lots of barmaids to work on the project. But I wouldn’t repeat gossip here.