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November 19, 2009Brain-eating tribe enriches understanding of mad cow disease
The Times(UK) ^ | 11/19/09 | Mark Henderson

Posted on 11/19/2009 6:57:03 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster

November 19, 2009

Brain-eating tribe enriches understanding of mad cow disease

Mark Henderson, Science Editor

A cannibalistic ritual in which the brains of dead tribespeople were eaten by their relatives has triggered one of the most striking examples of rapid human evolution on record, scientists have discovered.

In the middle of the 20th century the Fore tribe of the Eastern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea was devastated by a CJD-like disease called kuru, which was passed on by mortuary feasts in which the brains of the dead were consumed.

Although the practice was banned in the 1950s and kuru has disappeared, it has left an imprint on the tribe’s DNA. Research has now identified a genetic mutation unique to the Fore that protects against the brain disease and which has spread swiftly through the population by natural selection.

As the mutation confers high or almost complete resistance to kuru, carriers have a survival advantage and have had more descendants. About 8 per cent of people from the Purosa Valley region, where kuru hit hardest, now have the gene, which is unknown anywhere else in the world.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: gene; godsgravesglyphs; immunity; madcow; newguinea

1 posted on 11/19/2009 6:57:08 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: blam; SunkenCiv

Ping!


2 posted on 11/19/2009 6:58:32 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (LUV DIC -- L,U,V-shaped recession, Depression, Inflation, Collapse)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

mmm . . . brains


3 posted on 11/19/2009 6:59:51 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Zombies suck


4 posted on 11/19/2009 7:00:36 AM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Somebody ping G-Cube!

” “It’s absolutely fascinating to see Darwinian principles at work here. This community of people have developed their own biologically unique response to a truly terrible epidemic. The fact that this genetic evolution has happened in a matter of decades is remarkable.”


5 posted on 11/19/2009 7:01:08 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Mmmmmm think meat.


6 posted on 11/19/2009 7:01:25 AM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Having scrambled eggs for breakfast. MMM MMM MMMMMM


7 posted on 11/19/2009 7:01:56 AM PST by calico_thompson
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Paging Dr. Lecter-Dr. Hannibal Lecter.


8 posted on 11/19/2009 7:05:19 AM PST by wombtotomb
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To: calico_thompson

Sweet breads right?


9 posted on 11/19/2009 7:05:44 AM PST by nikos1121 (Praying for -16.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Over a bed of rice with some flava beans and a nice chianti.

Yum.


10 posted on 11/19/2009 7:06:36 AM PST by Frenchtown Dan
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To: Frenchtown Dan
After death, human brain turns rubbery. I don't know how they cook it. It is probably tough to chew on.
11 posted on 11/19/2009 7:08:45 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (LUV DIC -- L,U,V-shaped recession, Depression, Inflation, Collapse)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

AIDS IS CURED IN TWO GENERATIONS! (provided that the population reproduces)

HIV There is evidence that a variant of a gene called CCR5-32, which offers resistance against HIV, is increasing in frequency in Africa


12 posted on 11/19/2009 7:08:58 AM PST by calico_thompson
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To: TigerLikesRooster

13 posted on 11/19/2009 7:09:42 AM PST by Tribune7 (God bless Carrie Prejean)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It’s extremely disturbing to me that you know that.


14 posted on 11/19/2009 7:10:54 AM PST by villagerjoel (1. Implement socialist policies 2. ??? 3. Heaven on earth)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Squirrel-head stew is good too, but not good for you for the same reason.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1571/is_37_13/ai_55721715/


15 posted on 11/19/2009 7:11:49 AM PST by HospiceNurse
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

wow...and it didn’t take them millions and billions of years to do it either!


16 posted on 11/19/2009 7:12:36 AM PST by stefanbatory (Weed out the RINOs! Sign the pledge. conservativepledge.org)
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To: villagerjoel
Brain anatomy class.:-)
17 posted on 11/19/2009 7:12:48 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (LUV DIC -- L,U,V-shaped recession, Depression, Inflation, Collapse)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Several things wrong with this. Number one, immediately stating it show Darwinism at work is, in fact more like Lamarck than Darwin. Second, stating that a ‘gene’ against kuru is “ a gene against kuru” is suspect, as is saying there is “no other gene like it seen in any other person on the world”. Broad sweeping statements that get published but do not bear up under scrutiny. It is entirely possible that they have identified a gene that exists in “survivors” that would exist in any number of other tribespeople. Since the practice of eating the brains of the dead is assumed to continue at the same rate, when it may not be (and, indeed how does one verify— yeah, so you ate your Dad’s brains- with any accuracy) this makes most of the claims here “pop science” and outcome being fitted to science theory. Not very compelling. By the way, if they are claiming a “mutation”, mutations under Darwin were always assumed to be helpful— in research they have generally been show to be harmful and species reacting to a mutation by dying out.


18 posted on 11/19/2009 7:16:31 AM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This might be the first time evolution itself has actually been observed.


19 posted on 11/19/2009 7:17:54 AM PST by Rapscallion (Obama: Proof that Socialism and Islam are inferior to Capitalism and Christianity.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Pig brains baby, gotta be pig brains. They taste like chicken liver. MMMMmmmmm


20 posted on 11/19/2009 7:23:28 AM PST by scoobysnak71
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To: stefanbatory

It would work pretty quickly in a small isolated population. Suceptable bloodlines would die out pretty quickly without an infusion of new genetic material.


21 posted on 11/19/2009 7:23:45 AM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I’ve never had the human variety, but when I was a kid, my mother made all kinds of different things, calves brains included. She made it in a mushroom sauce, and it was very good, not rubbery at all.

Today I wouldn’t eat it, but only out of fear from mad cow disease.


22 posted on 11/19/2009 7:24:01 AM PST by Frenchtown Dan
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Headline of the Day

Runner Up



23 posted on 11/19/2009 7:30:19 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (:: The government will do for health care what it did for real estate. ::)
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To: John S Mosby
Under rather stable environment, where selection pressure is more or less negligible, most of gene mutation would turn out to be useless or harmful. Those with potential benefit could be slowly discarded because they do not confer any decisive advantages. Only when there is some major change in the environment (such as new widespread plague,) selection pressure jumps and useful genes can be picked up relatively fast.

There are always certain level of mutation going on, whether it is needed or not. It only make noticeable contribution when 'acute' selection pressure is applied on the population. New plague, sudden habitat change are among them.

24 posted on 11/19/2009 7:31:27 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (LUV DIC -- L,U,V-shaped recession, Depression, Inflation, Collapse)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It is called cultural diversity folks. Our strength comes from out diversity. Cannibalism is ok if it comes a liberal culture. SARC


25 posted on 11/19/2009 7:34:17 AM PST by Neoliberalnot ((Freedom's Precious Metals: Gold, Silver and Lead))
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To: Frenchtown Dan

9 minutes before the classic Hannibal quote - priceless!


26 posted on 11/19/2009 7:35:09 AM PST by CGVet58 (God has granted us Liberty, and we owe Him Courage in return)
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To: villagerjoel; TigerLikesRooster

LOL! this thread is hilarious! BTTT


27 posted on 11/19/2009 7:36:32 AM PST by CGVet58 (God has granted us Liberty, and we owe Him Courage in return)
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To: Neoliberalnot
Until words get out among tribesman that gay brains or vegetarian brains taste better. Then it comes a discrimination issue.:-)
28 posted on 11/19/2009 7:37:15 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (LUV DIC -- L,U,V-shaped recession, Depression, Inflation, Collapse)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Correction: Then it comesbecomes a discrimination issue.
29 posted on 11/19/2009 7:38:47 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (LUV DIC -- L,U,V-shaped recession, Depression, Inflation, Collapse)
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To: CGVet58

Yeah, one of my favorites, along with Schneider’s classic “we’re gonna need a bigger boat”.

I think Hannibal was eating kidneys though.

Should be a thread about famous movie quotes.


30 posted on 11/19/2009 7:51:13 AM PST by Frenchtown Dan
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To: nikos1121
**Sweet breads right?***

No, Sweat breads is thyroid.

Cattle sweatbreads are delicious!

There used to be a cafe in Durango, Colorado owned by a chinaman whoserved the best sweatbread quokets and gravy. Anyone remember The Cattleman's Steakhouse on main in Durango?

Meanwhile, how about something tasty!


31 posted on 11/19/2009 8:39:28 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The sword does not kill. It is a tool in the killer's hand.---Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: nikos1121

“Sweet breads right?”

Nope, sweetbreads are the thymus gland of calves. Very tasty!


32 posted on 11/19/2009 8:55:59 AM PST by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY ( The Constitution needs No interpreting, only APPLICATION!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Thanks TigerLikesRooster!

additional:

Gene protects brain-eaters from mad cow-type disease
Reuters | Nov 18, 2009 | Maggie Fox
Posted on 11/18/2009 5:41:26 PM PST by decimon
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2389525/posts


33 posted on 11/19/2009 4:54:18 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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