Friday, August 12, 2005
Harry potter and the recessive allele
I haven't had time yet to tackle book 6, but I am a devoted HP fan, and I loved this letter to the editor in this week's nature. For those of you who don't follow the links, basically a couple of geneticists argue that wizarding is a recessive gene and they use examples to show how Harry, Hermione, etc. came to have their wizarding powers. They even argue that HP can be used to show examples of mutations (squibs) and incomplete penetrance (Neville's laughable skills). They say "With the use of these examples, the concepts of mendelian genetics can be introduced to children as young as five."