Richard Wolfe no Countdown sobre as palavras de Palin: «the most mindless, ignorant, uninformed comment that we have seen from Governor Palin so far and there's been a lot of competition for that prize.»
No post «Sarah Palin: Ignorante e anti-ciência» dei conta da reacção de alguns membros da comunidade científica aos dislates de Sarah Palin sobre a investigação em moscas da fruta. Como seria expectável, a ignorância da governadora do Alasca não deixou muito contentes os cientistas que trabalham com estes insectos, em especial os que usam este modelo animal para investigar as causas génicas associadas a doenças como o autismo. Em particular, os autores do estudo da universidade da Carolina do Norte que referi reagiram com o comunicado «In defense of fruit flies and basic medical research»:
Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin made reference to fruit fly research in a broad statement about wasteful earmark funding that has “little or nothing to do with the public good.” She specifically mentioned work in Paris, France. (Just Google it.)
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann reported this, and mentioned, specifically, (Drosophila) fruit fly research at the University of North Carolina (”which is not in Paris,” Olbermann noted) that has led to advanced understanding in autism research. (We think you’ll be able to find this easily, too.)
That work, led by neuroscientist Manzoor Bhat, Ph.D., and autism researcher and clinician Joseph Piven, M.D., director of UNC’s Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Center.
Their work was published in Neuron in September 2007.
This morning (Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008) Dr. Bhat and Dr. Piven made these comments about the importance of fruit fly studies in the realm of autism research: