In the last couple of years, there doesn’t appear to have been an increase in the number of searches for terms related to genetics. In fact, there appears to be a slight decrease in searches. Does that signal a growing complacency about genetics in everyday life, a belief that it’s no longer anything special?
In contrast, the news reference volume for the term DNA has increased (while the others have stayed about the same). This is clearly a reflection of the growing use of DNA testing for solving crime.
And what countries search for these terms the most?
4. United States
5. New Zealand
8. United Kingdom
Why do two developing countries top the list for searches on genetics terms? Could it signal an up-and-coming genome revolution there? In five years, we may begin to see an explosion of genetics research and diagnostic tests coming out of these and other developing countries. It bears watching.
*A: DNA scientist Francis Crick dies at 88
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Jul 29 2004
B: CA Modifies Desktop DNA
InternetNews.com – Jan 17 2005
C: DNA Tests Free Man After 25 Years (Completely unrelated to biological DNA)
WSBtv.com – Dec 8 2005
D: Va. Governor Pardons Two Men Cleared By DNA
WRAL.com – Dec 23 2005
E: DNA Test Confirms Guilt in 1992 Execution
North County Times – Jan 13 2006
F: Attorneys: No DNA Match in Duke Scandal
CBS News – Apr 11 2006
Idea from Jayvee