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  • Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans

    08/07/2016 9:10:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    Anonymous Mags ^ | August 7, 2016 | Anonymous Mags
    Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study report. The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them. “These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process information,” Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said. “And yet, somehow, they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes, have...
  • Chickens are evolving 15 TIMES faster than expected:

    10/27/2015 7:41:08 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 121 replies ^ | 27 October 2015 | By Sarah Griffiths for MailOnline
    Scientists discover the birds have developed two mutations in just 50 years Genes of White Plymouth Rock chickens mutated twice in 50 years Scientists previously thought rate of change in mitochondrial genomes was never faster than about two per cent per million years Mutations suggest rate of evolution in the chickens is 15 times faster Study goes against theory evolution can only be seen over long periods
  • Eye Color Explained: Everything you know is wrong

    05/31/2009 1:23:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 119 replies · 7,678+ views
    Discover Magazine ^ | March 13, 2007 | Boonsri Dickinson
    What most people know about the inheritance of eye color is that brown comes from a dominant gene (needing one copy only) and blue from a recessive gene (needing two copies). University of Queensland geneticist Rick Sturm suggests that the genetics are not so clear. "There is no single gene for eye color," he says, "but the biggest effect is the OCA2 gene." This gene, which controls the amount of melanin pigment produced, accounts for about 74 percent of the total variation in people's eye color. Sturm has recently shown that the OCA2 gene itself is influenced by other genetic...
  • No Single Gene For Eye Color, Researchers Prove

    02/25/2007 4:34:29 PM PST · by blam · 54 replies · 1,315+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-25-2007 | University Of Queensland
    University of Queensland Date: February 25, 2007 No Single Gene For Eye Color, Researchers Prove Science Daily — A study by researchers from The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research is the first to prove conclusively that there is no single gene for eye colour. Says Dr. Rick Sturm, the IMB researcher who led the study: "... the model of eye colour inheritance using a single gene is insufficient to explain the range of eye colours that appear in humans. We believe instead that there are two major genes -- one...
  • Blue-eyed humans have a single, common ancestor

    01/30/2008 2:10:37 PM PST · by decimon · 297 replies · 1,714+ views
    University of Copenhagen ^ | January 30, 2008 | Unknown
    New research shows that people with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor. A team at the University of Copenhagen have tracked down a genetic mutation which took place 6-10,000 years ago and is the cause of the eye colour of all blue-eyed humans alive on the planet today. What is the genetic mutation “Originally, we all had brown eyes”, said Professor Eiberg from the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. “But a genetic mutation affecting the OCA2 gene in our chromosomes resulted in the creation of a “switch”, which literally “turned off” the ability to produce brown eyes”. The...
  • Scientist: All Blue-Eyed People Are Related

    01/31/2008 11:03:17 PM PST · by cate_wingnutx · 28 replies · 62+ views
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, January 31, 2008
    If you've got blue eyes, shake the hand of the nearest person who shares your azure irises: He or she may be a distant cousin. Danish researchers have concluded that all blue-eyed people share a common ancestor, presumably someone who lived 6,000 to 10,000 years ago. "Originally, we all had brown eyes," Professor Hans Eiberg of the University of Copenhagen said in a press release. "But a genetic mutation affecting the OCA2 gene in our chromosomes resulted in the creation of a 'switch,' which literally 'turned off' the ability to produce brown eyes." That "switch" — a simple change from...
  • Is this the first man with blue eyes?

    01/26/2014 9:44:28 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-26-14 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    Full headline: Is this the first man with blue eyes? Experts astonished that 7,000-year-old DNA reveals caveman with African and European genes Remains discovered 5000ft up mountains of north-west Spain Findings suggest racial transformation happened later than thought Man, dubbed La Brana 1, also shows similarity to Scandinavian DNA His piercing blue eyes are in striking contrast to his dark complexion and hair. It means this 7,000-year-old caveman holds the clue to man’s genetic evolution. His remains were discovered 5,000ft up in the mountains of north-west Spain in 2006. Experts were astonished to find the ancient hunter-gatherer, given the name...
  • European Hunter-Gatherers, Blue Eyes and Dark Skin?

    01/27/2014 8:44:03 AM PST · by Theoria · 39 replies
    The Unz Review ^ | 26 Jan 2014 | Razib Khan
    The headlines about this individual having dark skin are well founded, like the Luxembourg hunter-gatherer the sample has ancestral “non-European” copies of most of the major loci which are known to have large effect sizes (SLC24A5, which is now fixed in Europeans, SLC45A2, which is present at frequencies north of 80% in most of Europe, and KITLG, a lower frequency variant known to have a major impact on skin and hair). Additionally, this individual is related to the Ma’lta individual, just like the Swedish hunter-gatherers, but unlike the Luxembourg male (which did predate the Spanish samples by 1,000 years). Lots...
  • Blue-eyed men prefer blue-eyed women: researchers

    10/23/2006 9:03:42 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 231 replies · 6,677+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10-23-06 | Anon
    Blue-eyed men prefer blue-eyed women, apparently because eye color can help reveal whether their partner has been faithful, researchers said on Monday. "Before you request a paternity test, spend a few minutes looking at your child's eye color," Bruno Laeng and colleagues at the University of Tromso in Norway said in the study. Under the laws of genetics, two parents with blue eyes will always have blue-eyed children, it said. So a blue-eyed man can know his blue-eyed wife or partner has cheated on him if their child has brown eyes. "Blue-eyed men may have unconsciously learned to value a...
  • Europeans drawn from three ancient 'tribes'

    09/21/2014 1:32:49 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 September 2014 | Paul Rincon
    ... Pigmentation genes carried by the hunters and farmers showed that, while the dark hair, brown eyes and pale skin of the early farmer would look familiar to us, the hunter-gatherers would stand out if we saw them on a street today. "It really does look like the indigenous West European hunter gatherers had this striking combination of dark skin and blue eyes that doesn't exist any more," Prof Reich told BBC News.
  • Europeans descended from three ancient tribes

    09/18/2014 10:20:25 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/17/14 | Paul Rincon
    The modern European gene pool was formed when three ancient populations mixed within the last 7,000 years, Nature journal reports. Blue-eyed, swarthy hunters mingled with brown-eyed, pale skinned farmers as the latter swept into Europe from the Near East. But another, mysterious population with Siberian affinities also contributed to the genetic landscape of the continent. The findings are based on analysis of genomes from nine ancient Europeans. Agriculture originated in the Near East - in modern Syria, Iraq and Israel - before expanding into Europe around 7,500 years ago. It really does look like the indigenous West European hunter gatherers...
  • Europeans drawn from three 'tribes'

    09/17/2014 11:19:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    BBC News Science and Environment ^ | 09/17/2014 | By Paul Rincon
    The modern European gene pool was formed when three ancient populations mixed with one another within the last 7,000 years, Nature journal reports. Blue-eyed, swarthy hunters mingled with brown-eyed, pale skinned farmers as the latter swept into Europe from the Near East. But another, mysterious population with Siberian affinities also contributed to the genetic landscape of the continent. The findings are based analysis of the genomes of nine ancient Europeans. Agriculture originated in the Near East - in modern Syria, Iraq and Israel - before expanding into Europe around 7,500 years ago. Multiple lines of evidence suggested this new way...
  • Europeans drawn from three 'tribes'

    09/17/2014 11:17:18 AM PDT · by Natufian · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/17/2014 | Paul Rincon
    The modern European gene pool was formed when three ancient populations mixed with one another within the last 7,000 years, Nature journal reports. Blue-eyed, swarthy hunters mingled with brown-eyed, pale skinned farmers as the latter swept into Europe from the Near East. But another, mysterious population with Siberian affinities also contributed to the genetic landscape of the continent. The findings are based analysis of the genomes of nine ancient Europeans.
  • German hospital finds rare ‘obesity mutation’

    01/15/2015 10:25:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies ^ | 15 Jan 2015 10:31 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Doctors at the University Clinic in Ulm have discovered a new disease causing obesity while studying an extremely overweight three-year-old. The child weighed more than 40 kilos, almost three times as much as a normal three-year-old, and could not stop eating and gaining weight. Researchers found that the “satiety hormone” that tells the body to stop eating was inactive, meaning the child was always hungry. But in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, they described how they were able to bring their patient’s eating and weight under control within days by giving the child an artificial form...
  • U.S. Army warns of potential 'airborne' Ebola

    10/16/2014 10:29:54 PM PDT · by RC one · 14 replies
    WND ^ | 10/16/14 | Jerome Corsi
    U.S. Army warns of potential 'airborne' Ebola Virus could be transmitted by means other than contact NEW YORK – While Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization officials continue to insist Ebola cannot be transmitted by air from one person to another, an Army manual clearly warns the virus could be an airborne threat in certain circumstances. The handbook published by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, USAMRID, titled “USAMRID’s Medical Management of Biological Casualties Handbook,” is now in its seventh edition. The most recent edition was published in 2011, with more than 100,000 copies distributed...
  • Why Ebola Probably Won't Go Airborne

    10/06/2014 2:26:07 PM PDT · by blam · 62 replies
    BI ^ | 10-6-2014 | Kevin Loria
    Kevin LoriaOctober 6, 2014 The idea that Ebola could go airborne is terrifying. Once you are infected, few diseases are more likely to kill you — and death by hemorrhagic fever, diarrhea and vomiting often accompanied by bleeding and organ failure, sounds particularly awful. At present it's hard to get infected — healthcare workers and family members caring for victims are at highest risk — but that would change if the virus were to mutate so that it could be transmitted through the air while keeping its present lethality. That's a nightmare scenario. But it's more the stuff of bad...
  • The Current Ebola Strain: It’s Airborne Folks

    08/05/2014 6:15:51 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 301 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 8-5-14 | sundance
    The empirical evidence of an airborne Ebola Strain is overwhelming Hat Tip GWP - Patrick Sawyer was the American businessman, who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, then collapsed after he got off a plane to Nigeria and died July 25. He was the first patient in Nigeria with the Ebola virus. The Nigerian authorities have refused to release the names of other passengers on the plane with Mr. Sawyer, or notify the media of their status.
  • Leading U.S. scientist warns deadly virus is already changing to become more contagious

    10/18/2014 7:27:54 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 28 replies
    daily mail ^ | 10/18 | newton
    The deadly Ebola virus could be mutating to become even more contagious, a leading U.S scientist has warned. The disease has killed nearly 4,000 people, infecting in excess of 8,000 - the majority in the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Communities lie in ruins, thousands of children have been orphaned, millions face starvation but the virus continues its unprecedented pace, invading and destroying vast swathes of these countries.
  • Here it is: DNA sequences reveal Ebola’s spread and mutation

    08/28/2014 6:50:37 PM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 24 replies
    DNA sequences reveal Ebola’s spread and mutation The virus was not recognized in West Africa until March of this year, however, when the first case was confirmed in Guinea. Gire said the West African epidemic likely began after a single zoonotic event — in other words, transmission of the virus from an animal to a person. Gire said his study shows that more than 300 mutations have occurred since Ebola began infecting people in Sierra Leone. Every time a virus passes from one person to another, it is likely some mutations will occur, though not all of them will be...
  • Scientists build life form that adds letters to genetic code

    05/07/2014 6:40:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies ^ | Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 6:03 PM
    In a paper published in the journal Nature, bioengineers at The Scripps Research Institute in the San Diego neighborhood of La Jolla said they had successfully inserted two synthetic molecules into the genome of an Escherichia coli bacterium, which survived and passed on the new genetic material. In addition to the naturally occurring nucleotides adenine, thymine, guanine and cytosine, which form the rungs of DNA’s double-helix structure, the bacterium carried two more base-pair partners, which study authors have dubbed d5SICS and dNaM. For more than a decade, scientists have been experimenting with so-called unnatural base pairs, or UBPs, saying they...
  • Deadly new bird flu vindicates controversial research [?]

    04/07/2013 3:59:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    yahoo ^ | Thu, Apr 4, 2013 | Kate Kelland,
    MAKING A MONSTER? The scientific work that can answer key risk questions is known as "gain of function" or GOF research. Its aim is to identify combinations of genetic changes, or mutations, that allow an animal virus to jump to humans. By finding the mutations needed, researchers and ultimately health authorities are better prepared to assess how likely it is that a new virus could become dangerous and if so how soon they should begin developing drugs, vaccines and other scientific defenses. Yet such work is highly controversial. When two teams of scientists announced in late 2011 they had found...
  • Butterflies in the Fukushima Region Plagued by “Genetic Damage” and “Severe Abnormalities”

    08/15/2012 2:50:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    IO9 ^ | August 15, 2012 | Annalee Newitz
    Butterflies in the Fukushima Region Plagued by “Genetic Damage” and “Severe Abnormalities” A study of the pale grass blue butterfly in the regions around the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, site of the 2011 radiation disaster, has revealed that the insects are giving birth to mutants at an alarming rate. Indeed, the butterflies collected from younger generations have more abnormalities than butterflies born directly after the power plant began leaking radioactive particles into the environment. That means the genetic damage caused by the radiation leak has been inherited by subsequent generations. Above, you can see images taken from the study, published...
  • Fukushima 'caused mutant butterflies' in Japan

    08/14/2012 4:44:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 08/14/12
    Fukushima 'caused mutant butterflies' in Japan Genetic mutations have been found in three generations of butterflies from near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, scientists said on Tuesday, raising fears radiation could affect other species. 10:11AM BST 14 Aug 2012 Around 12 per cent of pale grass blue butterflies that were exposed to nuclear fallout as larvae immediately after the tsunami-sparked disaster had abnormalities, including smaller wings and damaged eyes, researchers said. The insects were mated in a laboratory well outside the fallout zone and 18 per cent of their offspring displayed similar problems, said Joji Otaki, associate professor at Ryukyu...
  • Today's Pic: Rare Black Penguin

    03/11/2010 8:34:37 AM PST · by greatdefender · 28 replies · 1,302+ views
    National Geographic Traveler ^ | March 3, 2010 | Janelle Nanoson
    When Andrew Evans sent us this photo of a rare melanistic penguin that he spotted during his travels, I became intrigued. So I decided to call up Dr. Allan Baker, an ornithologist and professor of Environmental and Evolutionary Studies at the University of Toronto and head of the Department of Natural History at the Royal Ontario Museum, to learn more about melanism in birds. I got him on the line before he had the chance to look at the photos, and suffice it to say he was slightly flabbergasted at what he saw: "Wow. That looks so bizarre I can't...
  • Tweaking the Genetic Code: Debunking Attempts to Engineer Evolution

    12/01/2009 9:22:15 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 26 replies · 1,287+ views
    ACTS & FACTS ^ | December 2009 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    A new concept making its way through the scientific community holds that just a few key changes in the right genes will result in a whole new life form as different from its progenitor as a bird is from a lizard![1] This idea is being applied to a number of key problems in the evolutionary model, one of which is the lack of transitional forms in both the fossil record and the living (extant) record. The new concept supposedly adds support to the "punctuated equilibrium" model proposed by the late Harvard paleontologist Stephen J. Gould. Dr. Gould derived his ideas...
  • Has the Ukraine swine flu mutation spread to the United States?

    11/27/2009 6:19:34 AM PST · by autumnraine · 20 replies · 1,434+ views
    Examiner ^ | 11/25/2009 | Victoria Nicks
    A county medical examiner in Iowa has come forward to inform the public of the results of autopsies that point to bleeding in the lungs, just as in the fatal cases in the Ukraine and Norway. Many of these cases went undiagnosed as H1N1 due to the acute condition of the patients, and the invasive nature of testing. Norway/Ukraine flu in the United States The H1N1 mutation found in the Ukraine and in Norway is characterized by acute respiratory distress. According to Professor Victor Bachinsky, PHD, head of the Chernivtsi regional forensic bureau, the mutated form of the swine flu...
  • ScienceDaily: “Slowing Evolution to Stop Drug Resistance”

    11/21/2009 3:32:25 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 6 replies · 795+ views
    AiG ^ | November 21, 2009
    ScienceDaily: “Slowing Evolution to Stop Drug Resistance” --snip-- For years, evolutionists have pointed to antibiotic resistance as proof of evolution in action. The argument often amounts to this (in simplified form): the fact that certain organisms grow resistant to certain antibiotics is evidence for the evolutionary idea that all animals must have descended from a single ancestor. Collapsing the argument does make it seem a bit silly, but that’s our point. We certainly don’t want to belittle the very real threat of dangerous organisms becoming immune to the best drugs we now have (though the vast majority of microbes are...
  • H1N1 flu victim collapsed on way to hospital [Latest H1N1 updates downthread]

    06/24/2009 8:04:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 8,598 replies · 86,478+ views ^ | June 24, 2009 | Raveena Aulakh
    Within minutes, six-year-old Rubjit Thindal went from happily chatting in the back seat of the car to collapsing and dying in her father's arms. "If we had known it was so serious, we would have called 911,'' Kuldip Thindal, Rubjit's distraught mother, said in Punjabi yesterday. "She just had a stomach ache -- she wasn't even crying.'' Rubjit was pronounced dead at hospital barely 24 hours after showing signs of a fever. Later, doctors told her parents she had the H1N1 influenza virus. She is believed to be the youngest person in Canada with the virus to have died.
  • World Health Organisation Admits No Deadly Mutation of H1N1 Swine Flu

    10/02/2009 9:11:45 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies · 609+ views ^ | 9-28-09 | F. William Engdahl
    The World Health Organization, the UN agency (ir-) responsible for declaring a Phase 6 “PANDEMIC” global alert over what it calls H1N1 Influenza A or Swine Flu, whose chief Dr Margaret Chan has repeatedly warned that while Swine Flu to date had been rather mild, that the emergency declaration was necessary because it “could mutate” aggressively into a deadly pandemic killing millions, now admits well into the flu season in the Northern Hemisphere that H1N1 has apparently not mutated. Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization, at a meeting with health officials in her native Hong Kong has...
  • Chinese Scientist Warns Possible Outbreak of Mutant SARS

    03/29/2009 3:57:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 815+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 03/29/09
    /begin my translation Chinese Scientist Warns Possible Outbreak of Mutant SARS Newsis According to Ming-bao of Hong Kong on Mar. 29, Rao Zihe, a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and President of Nankai University, warned that the mutant variant of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome(SARS,) which swept China in 2003 could break out again. The report says that in a lecture given at Science University the day before, a new stronger variant of SARS could spread again. Rao explained he is conducting in-depth research on SARS virus along with his colleagues. When SARS broke out 6 years ago, he was...
  • Neo-Darwinian Theory Fails the Mutation Test

    03/27/2009 3:36:14 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 87 replies · 1,105+ views
    ICR ^ | March 27, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Neo-Darwinian Theory Fails the Mutation Test by Brian Thomas, M.S.* Darwin’s original conception of simple-to-complex evolution maintained that nature selected certain individuals with superior features, and in this way gradually, one tiny feature at a time, an entirely different creature could eventually form. The source of new features or feature fragments for nature to select, however, eluded evolutionists for decades. To answer this, the Geological Society of America in 1941 formulated a new version of Darwinian evolution. They decided that genetic mutations should be considered the source of new information for nature to select, and thus the Neo-Darwinian Theory was...
  • Extinct Ibex Clone Dies at Birth

    02/14/2009 7:52:25 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 63 replies · 2,162+ views
    ICR ^ | February 14, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
      Extinct Ibex Clone Dies at Birth by Brian Thomas, M.S.* The last of a type of wild mountain goat was found dead in the mountains of northern Spain in 2000. The Pyrenean ibex, characterized by its curved horns, was officially declared extinct, but not before tissue samples were collected and preserved in liquid nitrogen.Scientists used DNA extracted from the samples and, replacing the genetic material in eggs from domestic goats, cloned a female Pyrenean ibex—the first extinct animal to be cloned. Unfortunately, the clone died shortly after birth “due to physical defects in its lungs. Other cloned animals, including...
  • Origin of life questions, and what biblical creationists really believe

    02/07/2009 12:39:59 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 13 replies · 1,050+ views
    CMI ^ | February 7, 2009 | Jonathan Safarti, Ph.D.
    In reality, evolution has done nothing to help real science, and has actually hindered it in many ways...
  • Inherited Cancer Mutation Is Widespread In America

    04/17/2008 9:11:10 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 121+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-18-2008 | Ohio State University Medical Center
    Inherited Cancer Mutation Is Widespread In America ScienceDaily (Apr. 18, 2008) — A gene mutation responsible for the most common form of inherited colon cancer is older and more common than formerly believed, according to a recent study. The findings provide a better understanding of the spread and prevalence of the American Founder Mutation, a common cause in North America of Lynch syndrome, a hereditary cancer syndrome that greatly increases a person's risk for developing cancers of the colon, uterus and ovaries. The same investigators discovered the mutation in 2003. That research identified nine families with the mutation and concluded...
  • Shorter Women May Have Very Long Lives: Gene Mutation Found

    03/04/2008 10:45:08 AM PST · by blam · 74 replies · 746+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-4-2008 | Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Shorter Women May Have Very Long Lives: Gene Mutation FoundA gene linked to living a very long life -- to 90 and beyond -- is also associated with short stature in women. Daughters of centenarians were 2.5 cm shorter than female controls. (Credit: iStockphoto/Alexander Raths) ScienceDaily (Mar. 4, 2008) — A gene linked to living a very long life -- to 90 and beyond -- is also associated with short stature in women, according to new research. Mutations in genes governing an important cell-signaling pathway influence human longevity, scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have...
  • Genetic mutation makes those brown eyes blue

    02/02/2008 1:02:18 PM PST · by G8 Diplomat · 26 replies · 1,470+ views
    MSNBC ^ | January 31, 2008 | Jeanna Bryner
    People with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor, according to new research. A team of scientists has tracked down a genetic mutation that leads to blue eyes. The mutation occurred between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago, so before then, there were no blue eyes. "Originally, we all had brown eyes," said Hans Eiberg from the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Copenhagen. The mutation affected the so-called OCA2 gene, which is involved in the production of melanin, the pigment that gives color to our hair, eyes and skin. "A genetic mutation affecting the OCA2 gene...
  • The Richard Dawkins Mutation Challenge (A game to play for Evo and/or ID supporters when bored)

    07/15/2007 9:16:10 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 69 replies · 1,443+ views
    MUTATIONWORKS ^ | Malcolm Chisholm
    The Richard Dawkins Mutation Challenge     Learn how point mutations contribute to evolution by crossing swords with legendary evolutionary guru Professor Richard Dawkins of Oxford University. See how quickly and easily evolution can come up with new genetic information as you battle the master at his own game! Here are the rules:   YOU: You have to change just two measly codons that each code for one amino acid into two other codons that each code for a different amino acid. Nothing special - it's just the kind of thing that evolution does every day. We will even...
  • Gene Mutation Linked To Cognition Is Found Only In Humans

    05/10/2007 11:50:52 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 51 replies · 1,202+ views
    Science Daily — The human and chimpanzee genomes vary by just 1.2 percent, yet there is a considerable difference in the mental and linguistic capabilities between the two species. A new study showed that a certain form of neuropsin, a protein that plays a role in learning and memory, is expressed only in the central nervous systems of humans and that it originated less than 5 million years ago. The study, which also demonstrated the molecular mechanism that creates this novel protein, will be published online in Human Mutation, the official journal of the Human Genome Variation Society. Led by...
  • Brother and sister fight Germany's incest laws

    03/02/2007 6:31:06 PM PST · by DeerfieldObserver · 53 replies · 6,043+ views
    The Guardian ^ | February 27, 2007
    German brother and sister are challenging the law against incest so that they can continue their relationship free from the threat of imprisonment. Patrick Stübing, an unemployed locksmith, and his sister Susan have had four children together since starting a sexual relationship in 2000. Three of the children are in foster care, and two have unspecified disabilities. The couple, who live near Leipzig, grew up separately and only met many years later. Their supporters say they will fight until incest is no longer regarded as a criminal offence, arguing that the law is out of date. They say it harks...
  • Old News That’s Not Fit to Print: The Times on Natural Selection

    03/14/2006 9:45:42 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 16 replies · 617+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | March 14, 2006 | Charles Colson
    Sometimes you have to wonder about the New York Times. It printed a long, breathtakingly written, scientific-sounding piece that just had one problem: It wasn’t news. Now, why would it do that? The article, titled “Still Evolving, Human Genes Tell New Story,” was run prominently on the front page of the New York Times last week. The reporter excitedly announced that scientists had found “the strongest evidence yet that humans are still evolving.” That’s big news. What was the evidence? “Researchers have detected,” the story says, “some 700 regions of the human genome where genes appear to have been reshaped...
  • Why We Have Sex: It's Cleansing

    03/02/2006 2:12:21 PM PST · by anymouse · 89 replies · 2,526+ views ^ | 3/2/06 | Ker Than
    Scientists have long wondered why organisms bother with sexual reproduction. It makes a whole lot more sense to just have a bunch of females that can clone themselves, which is how asexual reproduction works. Turns out sex might have evolved as a way to concentrate lots of harmful mutations into individual organisms so they could be easily weeded out by natural selection, a new computer model suggests. The classic explanation for the onset of whoopee, about 1 billion years ago, is that it provides a way for organisms to swap and shuffle genes and to create offspring with new gene...
  • Scrambling and Gambling with the Genome

    02/26/2006 1:35:50 PM PST · by A. Pole · 7 replies · 232+ views
    Spilling the Beans ^ | July 2005 | Jeffrey M. Smith
    “With genetic engineering, transferring genes from one species’ DNA to another is just like taking a page out of one book and putting it between the pages of another book.” This popular analogy is used often by advocates of genetically modified (GM) food. The words on the page are made up of the four letters, or molecules, of the genetic code, which line up in “base pairs” along the DNA. The inserted page represents a gene, whose code produces one or more proteins. The book is made up of chapters, which represent chromosomes—large sections of DNA. The analogy makes the...
  • Mutant Kitty

    01/09/2006 8:16:09 PM PST · by jb6 · 17 replies · 696+ views
    AP ^ | Mon Jan 9,
    Cy, short for Cyclopes, a kitten born with only one eye and no nose, is shown in this photo provided by its owner in Redmond, Oregon, on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005. The kitten, a ragdoll breed, which died after living for one day, was one of two in the litter. Its sibling was born normal and healthy. (AP Photo/Traci Allen)
  • The Problem With Evolution

    09/26/2005 5:44:09 AM PDT · by DARCPRYNCE · 340 replies · 6,041+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | 09/25/05 | Edward L. Daley
    Charles Darwin, the 19th century geologist who wrote the treatise 'The Origin of Species, by means of Natural Selection' defined evolution as "descent with modification". Darwin hypothesized that all forms of life descended from a common ancestor, branching out over time into various unique life forms, due primarily to a process called natural selection. However, the fossil record shows that all of the major animal groups (phyla) appeared fully formed about 540 million years ago, and virtually no transitional life forms have been discovered which suggest that they evolved from earlier forms. This sudden eruption of multiple, complex organisms is...
  • Bird flu virus 'close to pandemic'

    05/26/2005 5:34:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies · 1,080+ views
    Bird flu virus 'close to pandemic' Rotterdam, The Netherlands 26 May 2005 07:17 A leading scientist warned on Wednesday that the avian flu virus is on the point of mutating into a pandemic disease and says that current estimates that such a pandemic could cause 7,5-million deaths may understate the threat. His warnings come as experts writing in Thursday's edition of Nature voice concerns about the world's inability to manufacture sufficient vaccines for a pandemic and warn of the impact that the virus -- H5N1 -- could have on the global economy. In an accompanying editorial Nature argues that so...
  • Sperm may hold key to cancer, chimp study suggests

    05/19/2005 1:09:53 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 77 replies · 1,438+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5-19-05 | Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent
    The evolutionary path that separated humans from chimps 5 million years ago may have made human sperm survive better but paradoxically may have made humans prone to cancer. A comparison of chimpanzee genes to human genes shows a concentration of genes unique to people in areas associated with sperm production and cancer, and suggests the changes that make humans unique also make us uniquely prone to cancer. "If we are right about this, it may help explain the high prevalence of cancer," said Rasmus Nielsen of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, who led the study while at Cornell University...
  • WHO warns of human bird flu mutation (Human > Human transmission)

    03/14/2005 4:02:26 AM PST · by Stoat · 8 replies · 693+ views
    ABC News (Australia) ^ | March 13, 2005
    WHO warns of human bird flu mutation The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the bird flu virus may be changing into a form that humans can pass on.The WHO is worried that bird flu, which has killed 47 people in Asia, could mutate into an easily spread form that sparks the next influenza pandemic.The organisation has identified a cluster of human bird flu cases among relatives and possibly health workers in Vietnam."Such cases can provide the first signal that the virus is altering its behaviour in human populations and thus alert authorities to the need to intervene quickly," the...
  • Using Statistics To Decipher Secrets Of Natural Mutation

    12/29/2004 12:11:51 PM PST · by beavus · 90 replies · 1,208+ views
    A new mathematical approach for analyzing the complex, subtle patterns of natural mutation in DNA will, according to its developers, help biologists understand how mutation contributes to evolutionary change in mammals. The researchers, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Phil Green and his student Dick Hwang, published a description of their new analytical approach and an initial application August 3, 2004, in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Both are at the University of Washington in Seattle. "Understanding naturally occurring mutations has been of great interest because mutations are major drivers of evolution," said...
  • My genes made me do it!: ‘Infidelity genes’ discovered?

    12/06/2004 11:27:11 AM PST · by Tamar1973 · 8 replies · 517+ views
    Answers in Genesis ^ | December 6, 2004 | Carl Wieland
    "The devil made me do it." That age-old excuse for sin, a way to deny personal responsibility for one"s actions, is no longer fashionable. As I wrote in a Creation magazine editorial "Evolution made me do it!" in June 2000, nowadays, whether it"s homosexuality, infidelity or whatever, it"s become, "My genes made me do it." And, because the blind forces of evolution are supposed to be responsible for shaping our genes, that rapidly translates as, "Evolution made me do it". Thus the title of the abovementioned editorial, which pointed to a Time magazine cover story that proclaimed "Infidelity? It"s in...
  • PPG working on self-cleaning counters that kill, resist bacteria

    07/24/2004 3:27:40 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 30 replies · 3,239+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | July 24, 2004 | The Associated Press
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Arsenals of anti-bacterial sprays and other cleaners crowding cupboards in kitchens across the country could become unnecessary if the company that created windows that partially clean themselves can bring the technology indoors. Researchers at Penn State University and PPG Industries are trying to develop self-cleaning countertops that would keep bacteria from getting a toehold and also kill them on contact. "If you have a food preparation area, and you think you've cleaned it, the truth of the matter is if you go back in and take swabs, the bacteria are still there," David Diehl, a senior scientist...