Pete Myers

Pete Myers is founder, CEO, and chief scientist of Environmental Health Sciences in Charlottesville, Virginia. Former director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation, he is a coauthor of Our Stolen Future (1996), which explores the threats posed by man-made chemical contaminants to fetal development and human health. For more, see

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Good Genes Gone Bad

Scarcely a week goes by without coverage of a new discovery by scientists revealing that yet another disease is linked to one or another gene. The range of health conditions now known to be gene related is astonishing. Some are just what you would have expected 50 years ago: many cancers, birth defects, obscure metabolic disorders, and diabetes. Others are less obvious, for example, brain disorders like schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease. Most people react to this news -- disease linked to genes -- as yet another confirmation of life's capriciousness. Genes are what we got from our parents. If we're lucky, we get the good genes, and that means at least one health condition that won't burden us in life, compound the toll of growing old, or hurry us toward the grave. If we aren't lucky, well then, who ever said life is fair? In the medical community and pharmaceutical industry, findings like these are fueling a rush in search of cures using “gene therapy...