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Quickies: Genes are overrated, gendered baby clothes have got to go, and the Babel fish

Amanda :Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  • I don't think genes are overrated, I just think they aren't like Legos like too many people assume.

    They are building blocks, sure, but much more like atoms and molecules (which they are also) they interact in interesting ways that can't always be quantified without experimentation.

    Some people want nothing but easy answers.

    • I'm not sure if people still think genes as programs, like some sort of vidya power-up. Outside of Z-movies, I mean.

  • A recent episode of Flash Forward talked about babelfish; one of the things that the people interviewed complained about is shallow tech pieces that talk about the imminent coming of the automatic translator app. The note here is exactly that kind of thing, which glosses over the real-world problems with this kind of automatic translation.