View Full Version : New genetic disorder discovered

11-02-2009, 08:44 AM
Why does it sometimes seem that mainstream scientists view almost every disease as a genetic disease? Maybe it's because there is a mountain of funding available to do research from that point of view.

Case in point:

Bad Driving May Have Genetic Basis, Study Finds (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091028134637.htm)

People with a particular gene variant performed more than 20 percent worse on a driving test than people without it -- and a follow-up test a few days later yielded similar results. About 30 percent of Americans have the variant.

If this was a cancer study scientists might call this a disease gene. But are car wrecks really a genetic disease?

Some genes have been found that may raise the risk of Scoliosis (http://www.scoliosisjournal.com/content/4/S1/O1). This leads many people to call Scoliosis a genetic disease. However the reality is that until scientists discover why genes create susceptability these correlations mean a lot less than most people might think.