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  • Monica Lewinsky E-Mail Omitted From Latest Batch of Clinton Documents

    04/18/2014 2:44:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Chris Good
    An email from Monica Lewinsky was omitted from the Clinton library’s latest document dump for privacy reasons. Every two weeks this spring, the National Archives has been releasing documents from Clinton’s presidency through The William J Clinton Presidential Library & Museum in Little Rock, Ark. Included in a list of withdrawn/redacted documents, midway through a batch of documents concerning Gen. Wesley Clark, is an email from Monica Lewinsky’s Pentagon email address. Vaguely referenced as concerning a “medical record,” the omitted email is listed as four pages long.
  • Hillary Clinton Book to Be Released June 10

    04/09/2014 10:08:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 9, 2014 | By KEN THOMAS and HILLEL ITALIE
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's new book on her time as President Barack Obama's secretary of state will be released on June 10, her publisher says. Publisher Simon & Schuster said Wednesday that Clinton would share "candid reflections about key moments during her time as Secretary of State as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century." Clinton's book has been widely anticipated as she considers another presidential campaign in 2016. The former first lady and New York senator is already a best-selling author: Her 2003 memoir, "Living History," sold more than 1 million copies.
  • Jurassic Park HERE NOW: UK Scientists Successfully Clone Dinosaur from Well-Preserved DNA Fragments

    03/31/2014 10:03:54 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 35 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 01 April 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    British scientists have announced that they have successfully clone a dinosaur, according to a spokesman from Liverpool’s Jon Moore University... They’ve cloned an Aparosaurus by extracting DNA from a well-preserved fossil, then injected it into a fertile ostrich womb. The dinosaur, nicknamed “Spot” is currently being incubated at the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “Ostriches share a lot of genetic traits with dinosaurs,” said Dr. Gerrard Jones, a biology professor at LJMU and the project’s leading scientist. “Their eggshell microstructures are almost identical to those of the Apatosaurus. That’s why the cloning worked so perfectly.” Religious groups and animal rights...
  • We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

    03/31/2014 8:58:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Quartz ^ | March 29, 2014 | Christopher Mims
    A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever. + Their quest is elegantly laid out in The Immortalists, a new documentary making its way around the film festival circuit. The Immortalists follows the triumphs and tragedies of three years in the lives of William H. Andrews and Aubrey de Grey, two men who prove just as interesting as the work they’re doing. The Immortalists is really a film about death, not life,...
  • The ‘Who Am I?’ Generation

    03/22/2014 11:47:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    OSV ^ | March 22, 2014 | Ann Carey
    During a two-day meeting in the last week of February, the Food and Drug Administration debated regulating a new technique that combines DNA from three people that would, in theory, create children free of certain inherited diseases. Scientists say these genetically modified embryos, made with the DNA from two biological mothers and one biological father, would potentially allow mothers who carry DNA mutations for conditions like blindness and epilepsy to have children without passing on these defects.The technique — nicknamed “three-parent in vitro fertilization” — is the latest in a long line of controversial scientific procedures regarding fertility and...
  • Scientists Reconstruct Faces From DNA Samples

    03/21/2014 1:08:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    www.forbes.com ^ | 03-21-2014 | Alex Knapp Forbes Staff
    Sometime in the future, technicians will go over the scene of the crime. They’ll uncover some DNA evidence and take it to the lab. And when the cops need to get a picture of the suspect, they won’t have to ask eyewitnesses to give descriptions to a sketch artist – they’ll just ask the technicians to get a mugshot from the DNA. That, at least, is the potential of new research being published today in PLOS Genetics. In that paper, a team of scientists describe how they were able to produce crude 3D models of faces extrapolated from a person’s...
  • Genetic mugshot recreates faces from nothing but DNA

    03/21/2014 1:05:01 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    www.newscientist.com ^ | 20 March 2014 | by Peter Aldhous
    A MURDER has been committed, and all the cops have to go on is a trace of DNA left at the scene. It doesn't match any profile in databases of known criminals, and the trail goes cold. But what if the police could issue a wanted poster based on a realistic "photofit" likeness built from that DNA? Not if, but when, claim researchers who have developed a method for determining how our genes influence facial shape. One day, the technique may even allow us to gaze into the faces of extinct human-like species that interbred with our own ancestors. It's...
  • Woolly Mammoths Are Coming Back, Say Cloning Scientists

    03/16/2014 10:39:35 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 80 replies
    DVICE ^ | March 14, 2014 | Michael Trei
    Woolly mammoths are coming back, say cloning scientists In what sounds like it could be the plot for the next Jurassic Park movie, a team of scientists in Siberia says there's a 'high chance' that they will be able to clone a woolly mammoth. The breakthrough comes as a result of last year's discovery of an incredibly well-preserved mammoth carcass, frozen in the permafrost of Siberia's Malolyakhovskiy island. The scientists estimate that the animal is about 43,000 years old, and was 50-60 years old when it died in distress after getting stuck in the ice. In the ten months since...
  • 100 serial rapists identified after rape kits from Detroit Crime Lab are finally processed

    03/13/2014 8:20:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    WXYZ ^ | Kim Craig
    "I was in shock. I was outraged and I just assumed kits were being tested," said actress Mariska Hargitay about the thousands of rape kits in Detroit and across the country that have been left sitting in storage without being processed, allowing rapists to remain free to attack again. And they often do. Hargitay joined Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to announce legislation that will soon be introduced to state lawmakers that is aimed at setting guidelines and deadlines for rape kits tests to be processed. "Testing rape kits is vital for keeping rapists off the street," said Hargitay during...
  • The Mammoth Cometh

    02/27/2014 11:44:06 AM PST · by Theoria · 67 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 27 Feb 2014 | NATHANIEL RICH
    Bringing extinct animals back to life is really happening — and it’s going to be very, very cool. Unless it ends up being very, very bad. The first time Ben Novak saw a passenger pigeon, he fell to his knees and remained in that position, speechless, for 20 minutes. He was 16. At 13, Novak vowed to devote his life to resurrecting extinct animals. At 14, he saw a photograph of a passenger pigeon in an Audubon Society book and “fell in love.” But he didn’t know that the Science Museum of Minnesota, which he was then visiting with a...
  • DNA and The Book of Mormon Explained full-length video

    02/24/2014 7:28:13 PM PST · by restornu · 774 replies
    FAIR MORMON ^ | Published on Feb 18, 2013
    Miraculous claims surrounding the coming forth of the Book of Mormon are an evidence of the prophetic calling of Joseph Smith. Critics intent on discrediting the Restoration point to DNA studies on indigenous American peoples in an attempt to expose Joseph, the Book of Mormon, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as frauds. Claiming that scientific evidence excludes any possibility that Middle Eastern or ancient Jewish travelers came to the Americas in antiquity, such critics attempt to sow seeds of doubt in the minds of Latter-day Saints and those of other faiths concerning the authenticity of the...
  • Wilmington apartment complex to check dog poop for DNA

    02/19/2014 4:46:56 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    WRAL ^ | 2/19/14
    WILMINGTON, N.C. — A Wilmington apartment complex will soon be running DNA tests on dog poop to identify owners who don't clean up after their pooches do their business. The StarNews of Wilmington reports The Reserve at Forest Hills will ask the complex's 100 dog owners to have their pets swabbed for a DNA sample. Then, if poop found in the complex matches a pet, the owner will be fined and also will have to pay for the DNA testing which can cost up to $50.
  • Being gay may be in the DNA, researchers say

    02/14/2014 1:21:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 116 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 02/14/2014 | By Cheryl K. Chumley
    Researchers say they’ve found more DNA evidence that possibly shows gay men don’t have a choice — that their biological makeup drives them to homosexuality. In a study at Chicago University, researchers looked at DNA chains of 400-plus pairs of gay brothers and found what they said were two distinct bits of genetic material that they claim are linked to homosexuality, The Daily Mail reported. The gay brothers were identified and recruited to help with the study over the course of several years’ worth of Gay Pride festivals and marches. The research was highlighted during the recent annual American Association...
  • Are Richard III's secrets about to be revealed?

    02/12/2014 3:04:42 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2-12-14 | Harry Mount
    What a treat for all medieval historians! More than 500 years after he was killed, the skeleton of Richard III is giving them much more reliable biographical information than they acquired over the previous half a millennium. Henry VII, his successor, and opponent at Bosworth, encouraged his court historians to produce a warped picture of Richard. Thank God, then, for the miraculous discovery of his body in a Leicester car park in 2012, and the undeniable truths it provided. Analysis of his skeleton showed the king didn’t have a hunchback exactly; he suffered from scoliosis of the spine, meaning his...
  • European genes altered by Black Death

    02/04/2014 9:45:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | February 4, 2014 | Stephanie Pappas
    The Black Death of the 14th century may be written into the DNA of survivors' descendants, new research finds. The study reveals that Roma people (sometimes known as gypsies, although this is considered a derogatory term) and white Europeans share alterations to their genetic code that occurred after the Roma settled in Europe from northwest India 1,000 years ago. The plague of the 1300s, which killed at least 75 million people, is a likely candidate for forcing this evolutionary change. "We show that there are some immune receptors that are clearly influenced by evolution in Europe and not in northwest...
  • Black Death may have scuppered Roman Empire

    01/28/2014 3:29:18 PM PST · by Renfield · 31 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 1-28-2014 | Debora MacKenzie
    hat caused the fall of the Roman Empire? A devastating plague that struck during the reign of Emperor Justinian in 541 AD, killing a quarter of the population, seems to have landed the final blow, but the identity of the infection was a mystery. Now sequencing of DNA taken from two skeletons buried in Bavaria, Germany, in the 6th century has uncovered the complete genome of Yersinia pestis, the bacteria also blamed for the Black Death that struck Europe in 1348. The find suggests that Y. pestis may have emerged to ravage humanity several times. Hendrik Poinar at McMaster University...
  • Here's What Happened When Neanderthals And Ancient Humans Hooked Up 80,000 Years Ago

    01/29/2014 3:14:52 PM PST · by blam · 54 replies
    BI ^ | 1-29-2014 | Dina Spector
    Here's What Happened When Neanderthals And Ancient Humans Hooked Up 80,000 Years Ago Dina Spector Jan. 29, 2014, 1:49 PM     Neanderthal REUTERS/Nikola Solic Hyperrealistic face of a neanderthal male is displayed in a cave in the new Neanderthal Museum in the northern Croatian town of Krapina February 25, 2010 By comparing the Neanderthal genome to modern human DNA, the authors of two new studies, both published on Wednesday, show how DNA that humans have inherited from breeding with Neanderthals has shaped us. Modern humans, Neanderthals, and their sister lineage, Denisovans, descended from a common ancestor. The...
  • 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...
  • DNA shows Irish people have more complex origins than previously thought

    01/11/2014 6:13:55 AM PST · by NYer · 70 replies
    scott.net ^ | July 5, 2013 | Marie McKeown
    The blood in Irish veins is Celtic, right? Well, not exactly. Although the history many Irish people were taught at school is the history of the Irish as a Celtic race, the truth is much more complicated, and much more interesting than that ... Research done into the DNA of Irish males has shown that the old Anthropological attempts to define 'Irish' have been misguided. As late as the 1950s researchers were busy collecting data among Irish people such as hair colour and height, in order to categorise them as a 'race' and define them as different to the British....
  • Man Stopped By Cops For Supposedly Voluntary NHTSA 'Survey' Sues City And Police Dept.

    01/06/2014 3:00:20 PM PST · by lowbridge · 31 replies
    http://www.techdirt.com ^ | january 3, 2014 | tim cushing
    Police presence is often all it takes to make voluntary experiences seem mandatory. Ricardo Nieves, one of those flagged down by Reading police officers, felt the experience was anything but voluntary, and that attempting to leave would have been greeted by a possible arrest.  The Reading city council and the mayor himself also expressed concern about the use of police officers to acquire "voluntary" blood and saliva samples. For his part, Chief Heim appears to be ready to just ride out this outrage without offering any concession towards the offended public.  But if that's what Heim had planned, Nieves just threw...
  • Using ENCODE Data for Human-Chimp DNA Comparisons

    01/01/2014 4:00:01 PM PST · by lasereye · 14 replies
    ICR ^ | 1/1/2014 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    In 2012, a variety of research papers associated with the ENCODE project (Encyclopedia Of DNA Elements) described how the human genome was pervasively copied—transcribed—into an amazing array of functional RNA molecules that regulate how genes and the genome function.1 Much of the pervasive transcription is based on long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) that have the same control features as protein-coding genes but with other functions.2 A large group of lncRNAs stay in the cell’s nucleus, where some directly regulate how genes are expressed while others help modify chromosome structure. Some lncRNAs are exported into the cell’s cytoplasm to regulate the production...
  • Who exposed the Pakistani doctor that ID O B Ladin?

    12/31/2013 12:18:07 PM PST · by simka · 14 replies
    After Osama Bin Ladin was killed, someone on our side released the name of the doctor who, with DNA tests verified that OBL was in the compound. Who did it and why?
  • Evolution: a new boost for ‘aquatic ape’ theory

    12/30/2013 2:06:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | May 4, 2013 | Robin McKie
    It is one of the most unusual evolutionary ideas ever proposed: humans are amphibious apes who lost their fur, started to walk upright and developed big brains because they took to living the good life by the water’s edge. This is the aquatic ape theory and although treated with derision by some academics over the past 50 years, it is still backed by a small, but committed group of scientists. From next Wednesday through Friday, they will hold a major London conference when several speakers, including British naturalist and broadcaster, David Attenborough, will voice support for the theory. “Humans are...
  • Pa. town latest to force drivers over and ask for cheek swabs for federal study

    12/18/2013 9:42:49 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 18, 2013 | FoxNews.com
    Drivers in a southeastern Pennsylvania town were forced off a local street and into a parking lot, so a federal contractor – aided by local police --could quiz them about their road habits and ask for a cheek swab, in a replay of an incident last month in Texas. The checkpoint, in downtown Reading, was one of several conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, which was hired by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Although the questioning and cheek swab were voluntary, local residents said they were...
  • Motorist checkpoint in Reading draws questions

    12/17/2013 10:36:21 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 104 replies
    Reading Eagle (PA) ^ | December 17, 2013 | Don Spatz
    A private firm with a federal contract - and backed up by city police - forced motorists off Laurel Street and into a private parking lot Friday to question them about their driving habits and ask for a swab of their mouth. "I feel this incident is a gross abuse of power on many levels," Reading resident Ricardo Nieves, one of those stopped, told City Council Monday. He said federal and local tax dollars were being used to stop innocent people without probable cause, and allow a private company to hire uniformed police to force citizens to listen to their...
  • Scientists find second, 'hidden' language in human genetic code

    12/14/2013 12:28:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    U.S. geneticists say a second code hiding within DNA changes how scientists read its instructions and interpret mutations to make sense of health and disease. Since the genetic code was deciphered in the 1960s, scientists have assumed it was used exclusively to write information about proteins, but University of Washington scientists say they've discovered genomes use the genetic code to write two separate "languages." One, long understood, describes how proteins are made, while the other instructs the cell on how genes are controlled. One language is written on top of the other, which is why the second language remained hidden...
  • Scientists discover double meaning in genetic code

    12/13/2013 8:59:54 AM PST · by aimhigh · 122 replies
    University of Washington ^ | 12/12/2013 | University of Washington
    Scientists have discovered a second code hiding within DNA. This second code contains information that changes how scientists read the instructions contained in DNA and interpret mutations to make sense of health and disease. UW scientists were stunned to discover that genomes use the genetic code to write two separate languages. One describes how proteins are made, and the other instructs the cell on how genes are controlled. One language is written on top of the other, which is why the second language remained hidden for so long. The genetic code uses a 64-letter alphabet called codons. The UW team...
  • At 400,000 Years, Oldest Human DNA Yet Found Raises New Mysteries

    12/04/2013 12:31:08 PM PST · by Theoria · 45 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04 Dec 2013 | Carl Zimmer
    Scientists have found the oldest DNA evidence yet of humans’ biological history. But instead of neatly clarifying human evolution, the finding is adding new mysteries. In a paper in the journal Nature, scientists reported Wednesday that they had retrieved ancient human DNA from a fossil dating back about 400,000 years, shattering the previous record of 100,000 years. The fossil, a thigh bone found in Spain, had previously seemed to many experts to belong to a forerunner of Neanderthals. But its DNA tells a very different story. It most closely resembles DNA from an enigmatic lineage of humans known as Denisovans....
  • Robot Turtles, Poop-Snooping DNA Detectives

    12/02/2013 6:03:19 PM PST · by Utilizer · 2 replies
    slashdot ^ | November 27, 2013 | by Kevin Fogarty
    Full Title is "Holiday Celebration: Robot Turtles, Poop-Snooping DNA Detectives" “Robot Turtle Will Help Underwater Archeologists Inspect Shipwrecks,” for example, has some obviously worthwhile things to point out about the development of autonomous unmanned underwater vehicles to explore dangerous environments more cheaply and safely than humans can manage. The saving grace for this report from The Robot Safari in the London Science Museum, however, is the effort the announcement goes to – and trouble the designers obviously did as well – to not only build an autonomous underwater vehicle that swims like a turtle, but justify having done so (paddle-like...
  • New, Aggressive HIV Strain Found in West Africa

    11/29/2013 7:56:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Time ^ | Nov. 28, 2013 | Andrew Katz @
    The A3/02 strain combines the two most common HIV strains in Guinea-Bissau and develops into AIDS within five years, up to two-and-a-half years faster than either of its parent strains, said Angelica Palm, one of the scientists behind the study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. This type of strain, a recombinant, appears when a person becomes infected by two different strains, allowing DNA to fuse and create a new one.
  • Study suggests inbreeding shaped course of early human evolution

    11/29/2013 7:51:37 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 64 replies
    UPI ^ | Nov. 28, 2013 | Anon.
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Humans lived for thousands of years in small, isolated populations and resulting inbreeding shaped the course of human evolution, a U.S. researcher says. Research suggests the severe inbreeding may have created many health problems and the small populations were likely a barrier to the development of complex culture and technologies, NewScientist.com reported Thursday. David Reich of Harvard Medical School in Boston -- who has sequenced the genome of Neanderthals and that of another extinct human, the Denisovans -- said both species were severely inbred due to small populations. "Archaic populations had low genetic diversity,...
  • 700,000-Year-Old Horse Found in Yukon Permafrost Yields Oldest DNA Ever Decoded

    11/23/2013 12:58:13 PM PST · by Dysart · 37 replies
    Western Digs ^ | 11-22-13 | Blake de Pastino
    The frozen remains of a horse more than half a million years old have reluctantly given up their genetic secrets, providing scientists with the oldest DNA ever sequenced. The horse was discovered in 2003 in the ancient permafrost of Canada’s west-central Yukon Territory, not far from the Alaskan border.And although the animal was dated to between 560,000 and 780,000 years old, an international team of researchers was able to use a new combination of techniques to decipher its genetic code. Among the team’s findings is that the genus Equus — which includes all horses, donkeys, and zebras — dates back...
  • God Talks To Our DNA

    11/14/2013 1:00:43 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 23 replies
    www.YouTube.com ^ | Nov 13, 2013 | Yosemitest
    ISON is in an Outburst Now. The Hidden Code This is the quote from the 12 minute 35 second video that BPEarthWatch posted on YouTube.com:"God talks to our DNA." This quote comes from the 3 minute 14 second to the 3 minute 18 seconds part of that video.BPEarthWatch has a lot of information in this video and information that, I believe, should be discussed. He took 200 or 300 pages of information and tried to boil it down to this video and he's talking about ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) Waves and the Earth's Resonance Frequency of 7.8 Hz or...
  • University to Study Confucius via Modern DNA Technology (China)

    11/11/2013 8:30:21 PM PST · by TexGrill · 8 replies
    China Radio International ^ | 11/12/2013 | Fu Yu
    Fudan University in Shanghai is to study China's historical figures such as Confucius and the early emperors through modern DNA technology, Beijing Times reports. The studies follow the latest findings published on Monday on Cao Cao, a warlord who lived nearly 2,000 years ago in final years of the Eastern Han Dynasty. It debunked rumors that Cao's father Cao Song was fostered by comparing the DNA of Cao's living descendents and that found in the teeth of Cao's grandfather. Han Sheng from Fudan University, who led the Cao Cao research, says it is a breakthrough in the fields of both...
  • Ancient DNA Links Native Americans to Europe

    11/07/2013 8:52:57 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 45 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 11/5/13 | Michael Balter
    SANTA FE—Where did the first Americans come from? Most researchers agree that Paleoamericans moved across the Bering Land Bridge from Asia sometime before 15,000 years ago, suggesting roots in East Asia. But just where the source populations arose has long been a mystery. Now comes a surprising twist, from the complete nuclear genome of a Siberian boy who died 24,000 years ago—the oldest complete genome of a modern human sequenced to date. His DNA shows close ties to those of today's Native Americans. Yet he apparently descended not from East Asians, but from people who had lived in Europe or...
  • 'Asian Neanderthals' may have occupied Australia

    10/22/2013 1:36:15 PM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    The Australian ^ | 18 Oct 2013 | John Ross
    Neanderthal peoples' Asian cousins occupied the islands of our nearest neighbours and possibly Australia itself, scientists believe. Writing today in the journal Science, Adelaide University archaeologist Alan Cooper argues that the Denisovans – Neanderthal-like relatives of ancient humans – crossed Wallace’s Line, one of the world’s most formidable marine barriers, more than 100,000 years ago. Having achieved this feat, it would be “amazing” if they had not made what was then an easy crossing to Australia. “If you cross Wallace’s Line you’ve done all the hard work,” Professor Cooper told The Australian. The Denisovans were unknown before a finger bone...
  • Scientists say Ötzi the Iceman has living relatives, 5,300 years later

    10/16/2013 7:52:31 AM PDT · by Theoria · 17 replies
    NBC ^ | 14 Oct 2013 | Alan Boyle
    No next-of-kin was around to claim the frozen 5,300-year-old body of Ötzi the Iceman when it was found in the Italian Alps in 1991, but researchers now report that there are at least 19 genetic relatives of Ötzi living in Austria's Tyrol region. "These men and the 'Iceman' had the same ancestors," Walther Parson, a researcher at the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Innsbruck, told the Austrian Press Agency last week. The relatives may not know they're related, however. The Austrian researchers haven't told them. They found the 19 genetic matches by looking through the DNA records of 3,700 Austrian...
  • European origins laid bare by DNA

    10/11/2013 7:26:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 10 October 2013 Last updated at 18:23 ET
    "None of the dynamic changes we observed could have been inferred from modern-day genetic data alone, highlighting the potential power of combining ancient DNA studies with archaeology to reconstruct human evolutionary history."
  • A Crazy Thing That Happened The Last Time The Government Shut Down..(Bill and Monica Fall in Love)

    09/27/2013 5:42:20 PM PDT · by lbryce · 16 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | September 27, 2013 | Benny Johnson
    Something To Think About As We Head Into a Possible Government Shutdown…Remember this magical moment in American history? Well guess what? That whole thing started during a government shutdown.Monica was working long hours in the White House during the government shutdown of 1995.According to the Washington Post, “the second day of the government shutdown — marked the beginning of her sexual relationship with the President.”The Washington Post goes on to enlighten the reader in sordid detail the manner in which Bill J Clinton (You can just call him BJ) brought shame and degradation to the Office of the Presidency of...
  • Transgender German man becomes first in Europe to have a baby [barf alert]

    09/09/2013 5:23:20 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9 September 2013 | ALLAN HALL
    A transgender man is the first in Europe to give birth to a baby after becoming pregnant through a sperm donor. The unidentified man, who was born a woman, delivered the baby boy at home with a midwife in the poor Neukoellin district of Berlin. He insisted on a home birth because he refused to be listed as the mother on any hospital documents - a legal requirement of in Germany. The case in Germany mirrors that of Thomas Beatie in the US, pictured, who has given birth to three children and was the first man to ever give birth...
  • The ABC’s of Your DNA - ‘Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code,’ at the Smithsonian

    08/31/2013 12:00:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 29, 2013 | EDWARD ROTHSTEIN
    WASHINGTON — It has been a decade since the human genome was first sequenced and the 3.2 billion rungs of our DNA ladder laid out for analysis. That achievement — mapping the fundamental biological code that defines our species and characterizes us as individuals — may have implications as important as the splitting of the atom or the discovery of the wheel. We can already envision custom-designed medicines as well as custom-designed fetuses. There are ethical questions to be asked and scientific questions to be answered. And nothing about the subject is simple. But credit “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code,” an...
  • DNA reveals details of the peopling of the Americas

    09/02/2013 8:46:52 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Science News ^ | August 12, 2013 | Tina Hesman Saey
    The scientists examined the DNA of mitochondria, tiny power plants within cells that get passed down from mother to child. Scientists use mitochondrial DNA from living populations to decipher ancient movements of their ancestors. Most studies have examined only a small part of the mitochondria's circular piece of DNA. But Antonio Torroni, a geneticist at the University of Pavia in Italy, and his coauthors compiled complete mitochondrial genomes from 41 native North Americans and combined that data with information from previous studies... supports the widely accepted notion of an initial coastal migration wave. A second wave of migration probably left...
  • Key Protein Accelerates Diabetes in Two Ways

    08/28/2013 1:27:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Aug. 25, 2013 | NA
    The same protein tells beta cells in the pancreas to stop making insulin and then to self-destruct as diabetes worsens, according to a University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) study published online today in the journal Nature Medicine. Specifically, the research revealed that a protein called TXNIP controls the ability of beta cells to make insulin, the hormone that regulates blood-sugar levels. "We spent years confirming that TXNIP drives beta-cell death in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes," said Anath Shalev, M.D., director of the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center and senior author of the paper. "We were astounded to...
  • Woman Deals With Shock, Pain After Learning Her Father Was a Sperm Donor

    08/04/2013 7:27:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 71 replies
    Life News ^ | Leslie Fain
    The day after Stephanie Blessing learned she had been conceived with the assistance of a sperm donor and that the man she knew and loved as her father for 32 years was not her father, she went into shock. She remembers sitting in her rocking chair, staring into space. It was so bad, her husband had to remind her to do something as basic as changing their baby’s diaper. “I was just catatonic,” she said. The shock turned into depression, as she began to mourn what she had lost. “I was a daddy’s girl. I had a great childhood, and...
  • How 'Junk DNA' Can Control Cell Development (Extra Programming is not junk..)

    08/04/2013 8:34:23 AM PDT · by equalator · 1 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 8-2-2013
    Researchers from the Gene and Stem Cell Therapy Program at Sydney's Centenary Institute have confirmed that, far from being "junk," the 97 per cent of human DNA that does not encode instructions for making proteins can play a significant role in controlling cell development. And in doing so, the researchers have unravelled a previously unknown mechanism for regulating the activity of genes, increasing our understanding of the way cells develop and opening the way to new possibilities
  • Congressman Thought He Had a Secret Illegitimate Daughter, But He Doesn’t

    07/18/2013 11:13:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Joe Coscarelli
    The personal life of Tennessee House Democrat Steve Cohen has been a bizarre mix of Days of Our Lives and Catfish lately: When he was caught tweeting during the State of the Union address to young aspiring swimsuit model Victoria Brink, he was forced to admit that she was his long-lost daughter. He deduced as much when, as he explained, he "Googled her mother, found out she had a child, and the math looked pretty accurate," despite another man believing all along that he was Brink's father. This morning, nearly six months after Cohen went public with his unscientific revelation,...
  • Blood of the Irish: DNA Proves Ancestry of the People of Ireland

    07/13/2013 11:17:17 AM PDT · by Renfield · 91 replies
    Blood of the Irish The Blood in Irish veins is Celtic, right? Well, not exactly. Although the history many Irish people were taught at school is the history of the Irish as a Celtic race, the truth is much more complicated, and much more interesting than that ...Research done into the DNA of Irish males has shown that the old Anthropological attempts to define 'Irish' have been misguided. As late as the 1950s researchers were busy collecting data among Irish people such as hair colour and height, in order to categorise them as a 'race' and define them as...
  • Spread of DNA databases sparks ethical concerns

    07/13/2013 10:28:03 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-13-13 | Jill Lawless
    LONDON — You can ditch your computer and leave your cellphone at home, but you can't escape your DNA. It belongs uniquely to you — and, increasingly, to the authorities. Countries around the world are collecting genetic material from millions of citizens in the name of fighting crime and terrorism — and, according to critics, heading into uncharted ethical terrain. Leaders include the United States — where the Supreme Court recently backed the collection of DNA swabs from suspects on arrest — and Britain, where police held samples of almost 7 million people, more than 10 percent of the population,...
  • Native Native American dogs

    07/11/2013 8:26:22 PM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    Dienekes Anthropology Blog ^ | 11 July 2013 | Dienekes Anthropology Blog
    Pre-Columbian origins of Native American dog breeds, with only limited replacement by European dogs, confirmed by mtDNA analysis Barbara van Asch et al. Dogs were present in pre-Columbian America, presumably brought by early human migrants from Asia. Studies of free-ranging village/street dogs have indicated almost total replacement of these original dogs by European dogs, but the extent to which Arctic, North and South American breeds are descendants of the original population remains to be assessed. Using a comprehensive phylogeographic analysis, we traced the origin of the mitochondrial DNA lineages for Inuit, Eskimo and Greenland dogs, Alaskan Malamute, Chihuahua, xoloitzcuintli and...
  • World's Oldest Genome Sequenced From 700,000-Year-Old Horse DNA

    07/03/2013 9:08:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    National Geographic ^ | June 26, 2013 | Jane J. Lee
    Samples from a horse leg bone more than 700,000 years old have yielded the oldest full genome known to date... The Pleistocene horse genome Orlando and colleagues pieced together helped them determine that the ancestor to the Equus lineage -- the group that gave rise to modern horses, zebras, and donkeys -- arose 4 to 4.5 million years ago, or about two million years earlier than previously thought... The team found that Przewalski's horses were an offshoot of the lineage that gave rise to domestic horses. The two groups diverged around 50,000 years ago... The six-inch (15-centimeter) horse leg bone...