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Explain Bioinformatics to Your Grandmother!

  • Virginie Bernard,

    Affiliation: Next Generation Sequencing Platform - ICGex, Curie Institute, Paris, France

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  • Magali Michaut mail

    magali.michaut@iscb.org

    Affiliation: Computational Cancer Biology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Published: October 31, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003305
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

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Still sexist

Posted by karawoo on 14 Nov 2013 at 19:01 GMT

I too would like to echo the previous comments. The title of this article is sexist and insulting, and the assertion that "if your grandmother told you she was interested, it is just because she enjoys talking with you. You can be sure she did not remember a word of your talk!" is even worse. And the Einstein quotation is probably a misattribution.

There are many ways to express the sentiment of this article without being sexist, and I hope the authors and editors keep that in mind the next time they consider using grandmothers as the default metaphor for people who don't know much about science.

No competing interests declared.