In fact, he was of the opinion until a while ago, that Elder Nelson was the right person, but an LDS microbiologist in another university convinced him otherwise.
He, like you, is keen that the information is given to the right people, but he is also aware of how little the Brethren know about this kind of thing and the amount of teaching that would have to take place before the ideas could be accepted. It is clear from this exchange that Scott Woodward had struggled with the DNA evidence for some time prior to this conversation.
This is what Cam recalled from the conversation in an email he sent me on 1 Sept 1998.
Scott and I spoke on the telephone for some time last night. He is personally aware of the process you are going through and he is eager to continue the discussions not that he has sorted it all out, but he has come some distance in reconciling the relationship between the evidence and the doctrine.
I am also a Latter-day Saint and was until recently serving as a Bishop.
A few months ago I came across some DNA research that conflicts strongly with my understanding of Book of Mormon history.
I mention a meeting I had with Woodward, Perego and other scientists at the SMGF - Soresnon Molecular Genealogy Foundation office in Salt Lake back in 2004.
My brother in law Campbell Gray (Director of the BYU Art Gallery) spoke to Scott on the phone back in 1998 at the time I corresponded with him.
I have never tried to give the impression that I did primary research on American Indians and I have never heard an apologist accuse me of this before.
UP During the communication exchange between Southerton and Woodward in 1998, Woodward expressed how difficult it was for him to explain DNA related concepts to people (Southerton included) who did not want to understand or put serious effort into understanding the concepts involved.
How could I possibly influence BYU and what could possibly be my motive?
I hardly knew Scott and our exchange was entirely cordial. I was involved in correspondence with Area Leaders in Australia and it is possible that during that exchange they requested copies of my correspondence with Scott.