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DNA and Reston

Okay, DNA and Reston have nothing to do with each other this morning, but they are the subjects of two totally unrelated, nonpolitical, nonwar stories, one addressing a serious scientific issue, the other a serious cultural issue in Fairfax County's highly self-esteemed planned community.

It seems, as Rick Weiss tells us, that DNA is even more complicated than we thought and it seems, as Tamar Jones, tongue somewhat in cheek, notes that a bobcat has been sighted or at least heard in Reston.

Any story on DNA is a story that will generate some conversation about the roles of science and religion. But our readers are having an excellent discussion. kogejoe asks, "How many times do scientists need to find out nothing is ever 'junk?' In nature, something ALWAYS serves a purpose... if nature didn't have a purpose for something, it would have never been created."

Artisan1 said, "I work in a medical research environment and the discovery of amazing new knowledge about the human genome only serves to strengthen my belief in God, especially when I consider that there is yet more to be discovered. I have never understood why so many think that there is this humongous conflict between the spiritual and the scientific..."

And clmr said, "Surprise, surprise we don't know it all!! One of the major difficulties with us humans is that we tend to be puffed up with pride. I wish both sides of these 'Christians' VS. 'Atheists' postings (that seem to permeate the Post comments) would humble themselves."

As for the bobcat ruckus in Reston, cew5x wrote, "Give me a break. I lived in Reston for a number of years, and I too have been awakened by what has been called the "blood-curtling" scream of a bobcat while living there... If you don't like living with all the beautiful trees in Reston, there's plenty of more urban areas in the DC area that are bobcat free!!"

By Doug Feaver  |  June 14, 2007; 10:22 AM ET
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