Comrade PhysioProf, Mike the Mad Biologist and PZ have already hit the highlights on Palin’s remarks on the workhorse of the biomedical enterprise, the fruitfly, so not much more comment from me is needed; however, I cannot help myself.
So, she gives a policy speech, says something nice things about better funding for special needs children and then drops the fruitfly bomb heard around the world. Seriously Ice Queen, stupider words have been said but maybe never with such direct implications for special needs kids, most of whom have developmental disorders. The neurexin story from UNC researchers and autism has come up several times but the list doesn’t even come close to ending there. What about fragile X syndrome? You know, that whole mGluR theory. Ooopss, that came largely from flies too? How about HOX genes? Wait, what, that Nobel Prize was for research in flies? The list could, quite literally, go on and on and on.
What you have done, Ms. Palin, is make yourself look like a know nothing fool in front of the entire world. An entire world which is almost universally in agreement that we need to continue research into the causes and cures for developmental disorders that affect childhood health. Research that is driven, in no small part, by work in fruit flies!
So here is where it must end. The reckless experiment that is your Vice Presidential candidacy has been little better than a sad joke from the start but now you’ve gone over the edge (maybe this actually happened sometime ago but my ears weren’t perked). For the sake of humanity, return to your illegally built, contractor favor home and don’t bother us again. Just make sure you return the clothes.