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Behold possibly the worst scientific article ever written!


Now by now you all know I’m interested in bringing proper science to the people – none of this complicated jargon and ridiculous stories that you can sometimes find in the media.

This article “Alfie Clamp, the only boy in the world with an extra strand of DNA” is a total jem! Featured on page 3 of the Metro, whoever wrote it has no idea what they’re talking about! I particularly love them quoting doctors as saying they are unsure if the disease will persist as the child gets older!

Briefly for those who don’t know much about DNA, having an extra “leg” on a chromosome does not equate having an extra strand of DNA as chromosomes are composed of a double-strand of DNA. As in other cases of chromosomal diseases (Down syndrome for example), it is probably due to a malfunctioning of a process of cell division. It certainly adds an extra genetic portion to the genome (which usually if not always disrupts healthy living) but in no way does it transform the actual DNA of the individual from a double strand to a triple one!

Rant over! 
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2 thoughts on “Behold possibly the worst scientific article ever written!

  1. I DID HAVE A LITTLE LAUGH ON THE TRAIN OVER THIS.

    Posted by BAZZ | April 15, 2011, 6:34 pm
  2. I, too, thought a possible scam. Some are saying that they already have other children with this 3rd strand & that they’re…telepathic. It’s how I found myself here. It just didn’t ‘sound right’.

    If anything, I would anticipate we may be looking at baby born with a birth defect, a mutated gene, one that ‘may’ hear the whisperings of possible autism.

    In other articles I read, his parents said he didn’t roll over until 18 mos. of age.
    Great call Natasha!

    Posted by Sandra Raedel | November 24, 2012, 7:41 am

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Natacha is a research scientist and a lover of all things science! She love finding out interesting facts about all aspects of life, whether it’s how genetic engineering works or what the difference between crimped and straight hair is. There’s a bit of science behind every mystery and the Science Informant will help find the clues for everyone to enjoy and understand the amazing world of science!

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