Newsweek article: Designer Babies - Eat Cereal Have Boy Babies

S. Stanley Young, Assistant Director of Bioinformatics at NISS, was mentioned in this article dated January 15, 2009 in Newsweek. Young, along with Heejung Bang, Ph.D., of Cornell University and Kutluk Oktay. MD, FACOG, Professorof Obstetrics & Gynecology and Director, Division of Reproductive Medicine & Infertility Department ofObstetrics & Gynecology from New York Medical College, wrote a paper, “Cereal-Induced Gender Selection?Most Likely a Multiple Testing False Positive,” which has been published in the January 14, 2009 online issueof the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The paper questions the claims made by Mathews, Johnson and Neil(2008) in their article “You are What your Mother Eats” that was published in the April 22, 2008 Proceedingsof the Royal Society B. Young, Bang & Oktay note that the original research by Mathews, Johnson & Neil implied that childrenof women who eat breakfast cereal are more likely to be boys than girls. Young, Bang & Oktay assert that theresult of the original study is easily explained as chance.

Thursday, January 15, 2009 by Administrator