Restless genes

Ron Blue rcb1 at LEX.LCCC.EDU
Sat Sep 23 10:20:58 EST 1995


On Fri, 22 Sep 1995, Eric Wassermann wrote:
> In article <44219.robin073 at maroon.tc.umn.edu>, "Alan J. Robinson"
> <robin073 at maroon.tc.umn.edu> wrote:
> > Eric:
> > There is growing evidence from many lines of research 
> > (epidemiological, theraupeutic, etc.) that the majority of functional 
> > neurological, psychiatric, and immune disorders are more or less 
> > related to one another in various ways.  Individual disorders do tend 
> > to "breed true", but almost invariably for both the proband and the 
> > rest of the lineage there will be other comorbid symptoms and 
> > disorders (e.g. migraines, photophobia etc, etc.)
>>>>>>CUT>>> 
> Well golly, as a neuroscientist and practicing neurologist, all this comes
> as a bit of a surprise.  I guess i'd better throw out my outdated
> Mendelian concept of inherited disease and look for environmental and
> polygenic influences next time I see a demented patient with chorea whose
> father and grandmother and great grandfather and great great grandmother
> and great great great...Not to mention checking for that photophobia!  
>>>>>CUT>>> 
It is true that it is sad that the universe does not divide itself in
easily understandable ABSOLUTE principles.  If you throw a rock in
the ocean it raises the water levels around the world.  The rock can
be viewed as real concrete matter,  a waveform of condensed energy or
modulating energy packets, or as a temportary apparent location of
virtual particles in a quantum parallel universe.
Ron Blue




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