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Tuesday 31 July 2007

Lefties more at risk of being complete 'wackos' ...

... of course that's not precisely what the study which the Telegraph reports on has to say. What it does say is that the left-handed have a slightly greater propensity to develop schizophrenia than the right-handed. On the other hand the leader of the study, Dr Clyde Francks of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, is quoted as saying, no doubt in an attempt to soothe the feelings of persecution (recurrent, heh) which were welling up in me when I read of this:

"People really should not be concerned by this result. There are many factors which make individuals more likely to develop schizophrenia and the vast majority of left-handers will never develop a problem. We don't yet know the precise role of this gene."

- OK, OK, the twitching has [mostly] stopped! In case you have not picked up on it yet, I am left-handed. My, my, and I had always attributed my quirky brilliance to being a sinistral; maybe I need to count myself lucky not have exhibited other traits of this 'condition'!
(thru Mr Eugenides)

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