Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The DNA of what???

I didn't even read the article after I read the title. The title is "The DNA of Antioxidants." Since when do organic molecules have DNA? That's stupid

I suspect an editor with no scientific background came up with that gem.


David Bradley Science Writer said...

Hmmmm...yes, very misguided title, but that's often the case with non-scientifically literate headline writers. However, the article was presumably discussing the benefits of antioxidants in the context of DNA protection.

Of course, many of those in the scientific sphere have known for years that the whole antioxidant market is a great big scam. The last thing you want to do to stay healthy is to get rid of the oxidizing species in your body, they are the immune system's first line of defense against invading pathogens after all.

Bethany said...

Thank you for your comment on this article. I, as a geneticist and a high school teacher, am appalled at how the title of this article shows a total lack of understanding of DNA.

Gretchen said...

I just came across your blog- I teach high school chem and I am constantly fighting the battle of "why do I need to know this?" Well, this shows one good reason- they need to scientifically literate!

the incomparable mjenks said...

being scientifically literate helps, too.