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Thanks for Heaping on the Hype

A post from Jonathan Eisen on his Tree of Life blog takes to task people who oversell genomics (thereby muddying the waters of a truly great field). First on his list for the "overselling genomics award" is a guy who wrote a commentary in which he suggests that questioning or challenging the benefit of genomics is unethical. Eisen responds, "Sounds a bit like those who say 'Any discussion of the war makes you unpatriotic.' And thus Mr. Truelson gets my first award, not just for overselling genomics, but for being so icky about it."

Well put, Jonathan, well put. GTO offers you its first "Welcome Aboard the Good Ship Snarky" award. It's nice to have some company here.


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