Science and the nags

by webmaster on June 4, 2009

Today in The Irish Times, there was another example of science that could be of general interest. The article in question was Dick Ahlstrom’s article on the recently published research into the genome behind thoroughbred horses.

It had relevance firstly in that it is extremely topical with the Oaks and the Derby just days away, and being a betting man myself, I was more than interested.

It was also interesting in that the discoveries could prove very important for research into obesity and diabetes in humans.
But it occurred to me that because of the topicality of it this article could very well have been in the main section of the newspaper: it has occurred to me that a lot of people who haven’t an interest in science may not even look through the science section of a newspaper.
So, why do we consider science needy of a separate section? Isn’t this article a perfect example of news that just happens to have a science background? I am aware that politics, health, etc., all have their own sections; but these are things that the ordinary person doesn’t feel a need to be a so-called expert in to read, and I’m afraid that some may consider science in a different light.
So maybe we should forget about the need for separate sections, and when science is news, treat it as such… answers on a postcard please.

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