Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: In response to Dr Bierut and colleagues, the central motivation of our Commentary was not to curtail research funding, and we hope that a careful reading will dissuade others from this interpretation. Rather, we argued for wise use of public resources.1 The relative or absolute amount of funding directed toward genetic studies of smoking behavior or its complications is not critical to the debate. Our goal is to encourage a thoughtful “step back” from current smoking-related genetic research to consider how such work interfaces with existing public health efforts in this arena.
Carlsten C, Burke W. Genetic Research and Smoking Behavior—Reply. JAMA. 2007;297(8):809-810. doi:10.1001/jama.297.8.810-a