Note added to on June 8, 2009:

William Hyland's newly released In Defense of Thomas Jefferson: The Sally Hemings Sex Scandal mistakenly reports that I "dispute" the "scientific methodology" of the Hemings-Jefferson DNA study and that I "called the DNA results 'science abuse.'" In fact I have no reason to doubt the validity of the laboratory work or of the important but nondispositive molecular findings that resulted. As I have written, the science abuse lies not in laboratory results, but in confusing laboratory results with the historical interpretation of laboratory results. For all I know, the paternity might be proven, and if so, science has contributed. But science itself didn't prove the paternity, and the public has a right to know it. Thanks.

Steven T. Corneliussen