FOR WANT OF AN "A", CONFUSION REIGNS: THE DAY NATURE GOOFED

The journal NATURE overstepped the evidence in its November 1998 issue when it headlined an article, "Jefferson Fathered Slave's Last Child." Edwin M. Knights, Jr. comments in his study of the DNA testing on the Jefferson and Hemings descendents, that "(U)nfortunately, the editor who wrote the heading either did not read the entire article or did not understand it.." With permission of Dr. Knights, we provide here his small book, For Want of an "A", which examines the DNA evidence and the extent to which it contributes to the ongoing paternity debate ignited by NATURE.