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From: "Gary Rea" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Vikings series on The Learning Channel
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 03:09:06 -0600
References: <JCHBN.030117.143552.RC0@CUVMB.CC.COLUMBIA.EDU>

You haven't even watched this show, have you, John? The short segment of the
documentary that deals with this subject (only about five to ten minutes of
the one hour program) is hardly as you've characterized it. The film
basically mentions in passing the fact that populations in Scotland,
England, Ireland and Norway have been tested (and they showed some of them
being tested, bot only via buccocoal swabs, but via blood samples, as well)
in a clinical environment. While you might question the assumptions of their
findings, the fact remains that this was a scientific study.


----- Original Message -----
From: "John F. Chandler" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2003 1:35 PM
Subject: Re: [DNA] Vikings series on The Learning Channel

> Gary wrote:
> > One wonders how this escaped the attention of the researchers mentioned
> > the "Blood of the Vikings" program, then.
> This may have been intended as purely rhetorical, but it is not. For
> one thing, it starts with the highly unlikely assumption that any
> serious scientists would be unaware of the simple facts of life in
> their own fields. I don't think so. It is necessary to view
> television shows in the proper perspective -- they are not peer-reviewed
> scientific presentations and are not held to high scientific standards.
> The producers were well aware of the emotional appeal of the idea that
> ordinary people (like the viewers, for example) might be able to trace
> their roots back to VIKINGS, but the fact is that hg3 is pretty rare in
> England, so most people cannot "get there from here".
> John Chandler
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