genetics and mendel

Ruhlen, Rachel Louise (UMC-Student) RuhlenR at missouri.edu
Wed Jan 8 11:05:19 PST 2003

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Julie Alipaz [mailto:jalipaz at stanford.edu] 
> Sent: Wednesday, January 08, 2003 12:43 PM
> To: dragaera at dragaera.info
> Subject: Re: genetics and mendel
> >
> >
> >I don't see Aliera being that much beyond Mendel in genetics - e.g., 
> >Dragaerans aren't anywhere near being able to change their 
> bodies from 
> >one house to another or we would have heard all about it in 
> Jhereg and 
> >elsewhere.
> >
> I disagree, in one of the books she talks about isolating a new 
> dragon line recessive.  As a person who's work revolves around 
> genetics, i will tell you that whether Steven knows it or not (i have 
> not clue as to his genetics background) such statements imply a 
> rather advanced knowledge of genetics.  It is rather involved to 
> identify line or lineage specific markers especially when they are 
> recessive.

Something else to keep in mind is that we can only draw rough parallels
between their sorcery and our technology. I agree, she seems to be way
beyond us in genetics, probably due to lessons from Mom, who as a lab
tech/grad student/flunky surely knew lots more than the Jenoine. But can
she clone a pig?