Genetic Dark Matter

Searching for new sources to explain human variation

By Tina Hesman Saey, 09:52 AM December 2, 2010

Standing over Darwin’s grave in Westminster Abbey, Andrew Feinberg had a realization.

Feinberg, a genetics researcher at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, looked to the left and saw Newton’s grave. Just above Newton is a plaque honoring physicist Paul Dirac, a pioneer of quantum theory. Inherent in quantum theory is the idea of uncertainty in the interaction of subatomic particles.

“So I look back at Darwin’s grave and it hits me; there’s nothing like that in biology,” Feinberg says. ...

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