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  • 'We are the Canaanites'

    02/20/2018 2:30:49 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 62 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/2/18 | David Rosenberg
    Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations Security Council that PA residents are the direct descendants of the Canaanites, claiming that ‘Palestine’ made significant contributions to humanity prior to the 1917 Balfour Declaration. During his address at the UN Security Council in which he called on the international community to hold a Middle East peace conference, with the goal of launching multilateral negotiations, Abbas claimed that the Arab residents of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza were in fact descended from the ancient Canaanites. "We are the descendants of the Canaanites who lived in the land of Palestine 5,000 years...
  • Ancient Eurasian DNA sequencing is revealing links with modern humans

    01/25/2018 11:51:25 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    phys.org ^ | 01/25/2018
    In a review published in the journal Trends in Genetics on January 25, scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing discuss what we know about the genetics of ancient individuals from Eurasia (Europe and Western Asia) between 45,000-7,500 years ago. The authors summarized work that investigated the genomes of more than 20 ancients in the Eurasian family tree, including the 45,000-year-old Ust'-Ishim individual from Central Siberia... ..."But with the information from the several individuals available for ancient DNA sequencing we do have hints at interesting population structure, migration and interaction in East Asia." The researchers learned that in...
  • Chasing Hillary memoir will detail 10 years of reporting on Hillary Clinton

    01/23/2018 12:23:51 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | January 22, 2018 | by DAVID CANFIELD
    This April, Harper will publish Chasing Hillary, a new political memoir from New York Times writer-at-large Amy Chozick, EW can confirm exclusively. The book will provide a remarkably intimate and deeply personal portrait of Hillary Clinton as she withstood two dramatic losses for the presidency. Chozick’s book is the result of a decade’s worth of reporting on the former U.S. Secretary of State. Chozick’s front-row seat to Clinton’s presidential campaign implosion in 2008 led to her getting assigned the “Hillary Beat” through to 2016, when she’d once again face a painful defeat, this time in the general election to Donald...
  • Astronauts Identify Mystery Microbes in Space for the 1st Time

    01/02/2018 11:37:37 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Space.com ^ | January 2, 2018 01:37pm ET | Sarah Lewin, Associate Editor |
    NASA astronauts successfully sequenced the DNA of microbes found aboard the International Space Station, marking the first time unknown organisms were sequenced and identified entirely in space. Previously, microbes had to be sent to Earth for analysis, and this new sequencing marks an important step in diagnosing astronaut illnesses and, someday, identifying any DNA-based life found on other planets... ... As a part of the Genes in Space-3 mission, astronauts on the space station last year touched a petri plate to surfaces on the space station and grew the bacteria found there into colonies, which NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson used...
  • ‘I want to help humans genetically modify themselves’

    12/25/2017 3:25:38 AM PST · by Candor7 · 51 replies
    The Gurardian ^ | Sun 24 Dec ‘17 08.30 GMT | Tom Ireland
    Josiah Zayner, 36, recently made headlines by becoming the first person to use the revolutionary gene-editing tool Crispr to try to change their own genes. Part way through a talk on genetic engineering, Zayner pulled out a syringe apparently containing DNA and other chemicals designed to trigger a genetic change in his cells associated with dramatically increased muscle mass. He injected the DIY gene therapy into his left arm, live-streaming the procedure on the internet. The former Nasa biochemist, based in California, has become a leading figure in the growing “biohacker” movement, which involves loose collectives of scientists, engineers, artists,...
  • How the discovery of an ancient mastodon ignited debate over humans’ arrival in North America

    12/22/2017 10:34:31 AM PST · by PIF · 42 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | Dec. 22, 2017 | Thomas Curwen
    Accidental find that could revolutionize North America Archeology "Jim Paces, a geochronologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver, took dozens of slices from a rib and two femurs. Each slice, no wider than a millimeter, was dissolved in nitric acid. "The resulting solution contained trace amounts of uranium and thorium, which Paces extracted. After measuring those concentrates in a mass spectrometer, Paces concluded that the bones were 130,700 years old, plus or minus 9,400 years." "The conclusion seemed clear: Hominids, wandering through Southern California, had found a mastodon carcass and gone to work. They hauled cobblestones to the site...
  • China Is Vacuuming Up DNA Samples From Xinjiang's Muslims

    12/13/2017 12:55:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    buzzfeed ^ | Megha Rajagopalan
    From DNA samples to iris scans, Chinese authorities are using free physical exams to gather and store biological data from millions of people who live in the country's far west region of Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday, citing an official document that suggests the government's surveillance program in the region is even wider than previously believed. Xinjiang, the historical home of the Uighur ethnic group, has become a testing ground for heavy-handed, high-tech surveillance measures by the government over the past year. China says the measures are necessary to combat extremist violence, but critics say they violate the...
  • DNA Testing Companies Admit Adding Fake African Ancestry To White Profiles To “Screw With Racists”

    12/10/2017 8:36:40 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 173 replies
    Squwaker ^ | 12/06/17 | Alisha Sherron
    Who were your ancestors? What is your ethnic background composed of? Sites like Ancestry.com and 23andme have always been some go to sources in answering all of your toughest questions. But how accurate are they? In a recent interview with Cracked, one of the major ancestry testing companies, (which specific company is unknown) spilled the beans on what really happens when you purchase an ancestry kit. While I can’t say I’m surprised, you may be shocked to learn that these ancestry sites aren’t always as accurate as they claim to be. Beyond this, they’ve also admitted to tampering with the...
  • Transhumanism And The Future Of Humanity: 7 Ways The World Will Change By 2030

    11/24/2017 10:57:31 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 44 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/20/17 | Sarwant Singh
    Companies today are strategizing about future investments and technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, or growth around new business models. While many of these trends will make for solid investments for the next 5-10 years, fewer companies are considering the revolutionary convergence of disparate trends pulled from technology, behavioral and societal changes, and medical advances to understand how they will converge to transform society. This transformation will be messy, complex, and sometimes scary, but signals already point to a future of humanity that will blur our identities into “transhumanism.” A few of the trends that emerged from...
  • Police can request your DNA from 23andMe, Ancestry

    11/19/2017 8:41:02 AM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 85 replies
    CBS 47 FOX30 actionnewsjax.com ^ | Nov 18, 2017 | Jenna Bourne, Action News Jax
    Millions of people have handed their DNA over to genetic testing companies like Ancestry or 23andMe to learn more about their family trees. But when you ship off your saliva, law enforcement could have access to your DNA. Police could use genetic information it gets from those companies to identify you in a criminal investigation, even if you’ve never used one of those services. Jacksonville resident Eric Yarham wanted to learn more about his family tree, so he mailed off his saliva to 23andMe. “Just trying to unravel the mystery that is your genetics,” said Yarham, who lives in the...
  • Man confesses to Texas murder after image based on new DNA technology released

    11/18/2017 2:46:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 18, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    New forensic DNA analysis that can create an eerily accurate image of an unknown individual helped cops in Texas solve a year-old murder mystery. Ryan Riggs, 21, is charged with capital murder for the killing of Chantay Blankinship, 25, in May 2016. The man gave confessions to his local church and the Brown County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday after predictive DNA imaging released Nov. 8 breathed new life into law enforcement’s investigation.
  • Nasa wants to alter the DNA of Mars astronauts ....to protect them from cancerous...space radiation

    10/09/2017 5:05:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Mailonline ^ | 9 October 2017 | Tim Collins
    One of the techniques currently under development that it is following is NMN, a compound expected to enter clinical trials after it was shown to rejuvenate elderly mice in laboratory tests. It is also considering making more advanced tweaks or alterations to the DNA of its astronauts, although the moral implications of such a radical step will need to be addressed. This includes epigenetic modifications, which alter the way genes are read by the body without making changes to the underlying DNA code. Using such a technique would allow Nasa's scientists to turn up the volume on one genetic instruction...
  • Genealogy and DNA: Odd things discovered

    10/08/2017 1:10:31 PM PDT · by madison10 · 162 replies
    Self | 10/8/2017 | madison10
    I happen to be a member of one of the genealogical sites. Currently my DNA profile is 78% Western European and a typical native Western European is 48%. Which means 30% more of MY DNA came from the region than that of a native. Thank God I am not in Europe welcoming the Muslim hordes.
  • All blue-eyed people have a single ancestor in common

    09/22/2017 1:55:00 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 198 replies
    www.businessinsider.com ^ | Sep. 21, 2017, 3:50 PM | Zach Williams and Jessica Orwig
    New research shows that all blue-eyed people share a common ancestor. This person lived more than 6,000 years ago and carried a genetic mutation that has now spread across the world. The exact cause remains to be determined but scientists do know that eye color began to change long before recorded history began. The following is a transcript of the video. All blue-eyed people have one ancestor in common, born around 6,000-10,000 years ago. Blue eyes are caused by a gene mutation. For years, researchers had searched for it on the OCA2 gene. The OCA2 gene determines how much brown...
  • Why judge acquitted St. Louis cop of first-degree murder

    09/16/2017 3:12:14 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 32 replies
    http://nypost.com ^ | 09/16/20107 | AP
    WICHITA, Kan. — A judge’s decision to acquit an officer of murder in the death of a black suspect came down to two major questions: Did the officer plant a gun, and did his outburst about killing the man seconds before the shooting signal premeditation? St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson determined Friday that prosecutors failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Jason Stockley’s use of deadly force was not justifiable self-defense. Anthony Lamar Smith was killed in the 2011 encounter. “Ultimately when people argue about this case, they are going to be arguing whether the judge drew the...
  • Scientists hope to restore extinct Galapagos tortoise

    09/14/2017 8:10:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    AP ^ | 09-14-2017 | Staff
    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Scientists in Ecuador's Galapagos islands are hoping to restore a tortoise species believed extinct since the 1800s. The Chelonoidis elephantopus lived on Floreana Island and was captured by seamen in large numbers for food during long journeys across the Pacific. The species is thought to have disappeared shortly after Charles Darwin's celebrated visit to the treasured archipelago. But a group of international scientists who collected 1,700 blood samples from tortoises on Isabel Island farther north during a research expedition in 2012 made a surprising discovery: 80 had genetic traces of the lost species. "This is a...
  • DNA Testing and Privacy (Behind the scenes at the 23andMe Lab) - Smarter Every Day 176 (VIDEO)

    09/07/2017 10:21:53 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 9-7-2017 | SmarterEveryDay
    A special thanks to Dr. Neil Lamb at the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology. A major mission of Hudson Alpha is to educate the public and promote genomics literacy. I talked to many scientists about Genotyping but Dr. Lamb's ability to break down the complexity of the human genome is what finally brought it home for me. ----- I was concerned about what actually happens with my genetic information when submitted to 23andMe, so when they approached me and asked me if I wanted to make a video I decided to investigate it top to bottom. Visiting the Lab and...
  • Dozens of NJ High School Students Ordered to Get Blood, Urine

    09/07/2017 5:52:21 AM PDT · by Puppage · 58 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 09/07/2017 | Pat Battle
    Parents of students at a New Jersey high school were ordered to get their children’s blood and urine tested after a can of beer was discovered at a football game. The can of beer reportedly landed on the ground and was spotted by a school official during a game at Randolph High School on Friday night.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Tarot reader is NOT Salvador Dali's daughter, DNA test proves [tr]

    09/06/2017 9:59:17 AM PDT · by Enchante · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 6, 2017 | Kelly McLaughlin
    The Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation says a paternity test has disproved a Spanish woman's claim that she is the surrealist artist's daughter. The foundation said on Wednesday that the Madrid court that ordered the DNA test informed it that Maria Pilar Abel, a 61-year-old tarot card reader, has no biological relationship with Dali. Abel has long alleged her mother had an affair with Dali while working as a domestic helper in Figueres and claimed she had the right to part of his vast estate. The foundation said the court supervising the tests had informed its lawyers that Abel was not Dali's...
  • Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: The Search for Truth

    08/31/2017 7:28:58 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 71 replies
    ...In late 1998, the prestigious scientific journal Nature announced that it had conducted DNA testings which proved that Thomas Jefferson had fathered a child with Sally Hemings. According to Nature:Almost two hundred years ago, Thomas Jefferson was alleged to have fathered children by his slave Sally Hemings. The charges have remained controversial. Now, DNA analysis confirms that Jefferson was indeed the father of at least one of Hemings’ children.1 (snip) These authors, however, deliberately ignored the non-paternity results of the DNA testing. In fact, the original Nature article had reported that Thomas Woodson–the child that oral traditions claim was born...