Leading Article: Anxiety gene lost, but don't panic

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Anxiety gene lost, but don't panic

The scientists who found the "anxiety gene" are worried. They thought they had found a gene which predisposed people to anxiety attacks and stress. But a new study cannot find it. This is beginning to look like carelessness. They lost the "gay gene" two years ago, and a "novelty- seeking gene" has also gone missing. And it is not just the determinists who are under stress. The creationists have had a setback too. Lizards introduced to the Bahamas 20 years ago have already evolved, adapting to their local environment. We can evolve, even quickly, but we are not prisoners of our genes. There's a blessing, on this day of change.