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  • Team discovers surprise contributor to multiple sclerosis

    10/08/2019 8:18:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | October 7, 2019 | University of Virginia
    Cells that scientists have largely ignored when studying multiple sclerosis are actually key contributors to MS development, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine shows. The discovery suggests new avenues for devising treatments and is a vital step toward finding a cure. Cells that scientists have largely ignored when studying multiple sclerosis are actually key contributors to MS development, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine shows. The discovery suggests new avenues for devising treatments and is a vital step toward finding a cure. In MS, the body's immune system begins to attack the...
  • Genetic Modification of Crops Is 'Rape,' Botanist Says

    09/20/2019 6:16:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 20, 2019 | Tyler O'Neil
    Last week, a Native American botanist argued that the genetic modification of crops is a form of rape. Perhaps the next step in the #MeToo movement involves returning to the low crop yields before the Green Revolution, which saved billions of lives by making food more available through genetic modification, among other things. Robin Wall Kimmerer, a botanist, member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at SUNY-Syracuse, called corn "one of our deepest and oldest relatives." In an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, she humanized corn as the "Corn Mother,"...
  • See the face of your 100,000-year-old ancestor

    09/19/2019 10:42:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 95 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman September 19, 2019 20:32
    Israeli team used DNA to design first Denosivan replica Portrait of a female Denisovan teen. (photo credit: MAAYAN HAREL) ================================================================ Meet “Denise,” the first reconstructed anatomical profile of what, until now, were considered the mysterious Denisovans, a group of archaic humans. She was revealed on Thursday by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The team who managed to recreate her profile say that long-term, their research shows possible strategies that could be taken for forensic applications. Denisovans lived in Siberia and Eastern Asia before going extinct approximately 50,000 years ago, said Hebrew University researcher Prof. Liran Carmel, who led...
  • BUGGED OUT Deadly ‘super mosquitoes that are even tougher’ accidentally created by scientists

    09/18/2019 7:34:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    The Sun UK ^ | 17 Sep 2019, 17:49Updated: 18 Sep 2019, 15:21 | Charlotte Edwards, Digital Technology and Science Reporter
    FULL TITLE: BUGGED OUT Deadly ‘super mosquitoes that are even tougher’ accidentally created by scientists after bungled experiment ============================================================ GENETICALLY modified mosquitoes that were designed by scientists to help populations decrease are actually thriving. This is according to new research that claims the plan to create gene-hacked mosquitoes that have offspring which die immediately has spectacularly backfired and now scientists don't know what will happen next. he modified mosquitoes were released in Jacobina in Brazil and were supposed to mix with the local population and decrease numbers with their weak offspring genetics. Although the wild population did plummet for a...
  • Is there a "gay gene"? Major new study says no; Complex mix of genetic and environmental influences

    08/30/2019 9:23:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | 08/30/2019 | Dennis Thompson
    There's no such thing as a single "gay gene" that drives a person's sexual behavior, concludes the largest genetic study ever conducted on the issue. Instead, a person's attraction to those of the same sex is shaped by a complex mix of genetic and environmental influences, similar to what's seen in most other human traits, researchers report. "This is a natural and normal part of variation in our species," said researcher Ben Neale, director of genetics with the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. "That should also support the position that we shouldn't...
  • Is there a gay gene, major new study says no

    08/30/2019 9:16:51 AM PDT · by thirst4truth · 32 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 29, 2019 | Dennis Thompson
    Is there a "gay gene"? Major new study says no By Dennis Thompson August 29, 2019 / 8:33 PM / HealthDay There's no such thing as a single "gay gene" that drives a person's sexual behavior, concludes the largest genetic study ever conducted on the issue. Instead, a person's attraction to those of the same sex is shaped by a complex mix of genetic and environmental influences, similar to what's seen in most other human traits, researchers report. "This is a natural and normal part of variation in our species," said researcher Ben Neale, director of genetics with the Stanley...
  • Texas Is Executing a Man Tonight for a Murder and Rape Experts Say He Didn't Commit

    08/22/2019 6:44:57 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 53 replies
    Reason ^ | 21th August 2019 | ZURI DAVIS
    A little after 6 p.m., the state of Texas will execute Larry Swearingen for a crime experts believe he was unable to commit. Journalist Andrew Purcell detailed the events leading to Swearingen's impending death in a thorough investigation. A 19-year-old college student named Melissa Trotter disappeared from her Montgomery College campus, north of Houston, in December 1998. Police set their sights on Swearingen, an electrician who was witnessed having a conversation with Trotter in the college library. Montgomery County law enforcement also found a scrap of paper with the name "Larry" and his phone number in one of Trotter's books....
  • Archaeology, genetics confirm Bible story of Philistines' origins

    08/05/2019 9:16:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/05/2019 | By John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera
    Between 1997 and 2016, researchers at an excavation near Ashkelon in Israel examined the remains of more than one hundred humans, remains that dated from the 12th to 6th centuries before Christ. The researchers hoped to find human DNA in order to answer an old question: Who were the Philistines? Where did they come from? As it turns out, the Philistines were exactly who the Bible says they were, and they came from where the Bible says they did. Amos 9 speaks of God bringing up the Philistines from Caphtor, just as he brought Israel out of Egypt. Deuteronomy 2...
  • DNA cracks Sacramento rape cases from the 1990s

    07/02/2019 10:22:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    UPI ^ | July 2, 2019 / 10:54 AM | By Nicholas Sakelaris
    July 2 (UPI) -- A former corrections officer was arrested in connection with three rapes in the Sacramento area more than 20 years ago. DNA evidence led detectives to Mark Manteuffel, 59, who lived in Decatur, Ga. He was arrested Friday and is expected to be extradited to Sacramento to face multiple charges, including torture and rape. Police matched DNA from the crime scenes and rape kits to a profile assembled from a genetic testing company. The genetic profile could have been Manteuffel or a family member. Detectives used a similar method to catch the so-called "Golden State Killer," who...
  • 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...
  • Why Do So Many Researchers Still Treat Race as a Scientific Concept?

    06/02/2019 12:09:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    Slate ^ | May 30, 2019 | Tim Requarth
    In 2003, the anthropologist Duana Fullwiley spent six months observing a team of biomedical research scientists. The team wanted to find out whether genetic variation could affect how different people respond to drugs, and to do so, they recruited a group of racially and ethnically diverse research subjects. They were a diverse team themselves, with good intentions to address a worthy problem—it’s well known that different races suffer from health problems at different rates and can respond differently to treatments. If they could trace these discrepancies to genetic differences between races, the team reasoned, they could explain, and perhaps start...
  • We’d like a sample of your dog’s DNA for poop purposes

    05/09/2019 3:10:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 9, 2019 | JAZZ SHAW
    It’s really annoying when people take their dogs out for a walk and don’t clean up after them, isn’t it? Being a dog owner/walker myself, I always make sure to bring a plastic bag along with me to clean up after Jake and I have pointed out to others that they should do likewise when I see someone being negligent. And yet, not everyone is so responsible, but what do we do about it? One apartment complex in Pennsylvania has come up with a rather unique solution. They’re building a DNA database of all the dogs that live there so...
  • Pro-Choice Activist Vows to Abort Child If It Has Cystic Fibrosis. My Child Has That.

    03/26/2019 12:17:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 19, 2019 | Mary Vought
    The Cut recently ran a piece by Jen Gann, an outspoken, pro-choice mother who details her journey through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and genetic testing as she aims to conceive a healthy child. Her first pregnancy resulted in a son with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening disease, and what she considers a missed opportunity to abort him. In 2017, Gann filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her doctors for inadequate genetic testing that she claims would have likely determined her son had cystic fibrosis and would have then provided her the option to abort him. I responded to her lawsuit two...
  • Four New DNA Letters Double Life’s Alphabet

    02/27/2019 5:29:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    Scientific American ^ | February 22, 2019 | Matthew Warren, Nature magazine
    The DNA of life on Earth naturally stores its information in just four key chemicals—guanine, cytosine, adenine and thymine, commonly referred to as G, C, A and T, respectively. Now scientists have doubled this number of life’s building blocks, creating for the first time a synthetic, eight-letter genetic language that seems to store and transcribe information just like natural DNA. In a study published on 22 February in Science, a consortium of researchers led by Steven Benner, founder of the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution in Alachua, Florida, suggests that an expanded genetic alphabet could, in theory, also support life....
  • Future Wealth: The One Technology That Will Rewrite Medicine

    02/23/2019 7:22:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/22/2019 | Jeff Brown
    Grace Wilsey couldn’t cry. As a baby, she would lie limp in her parents’ arms, staring blankly into the distance. Her seizures wouldn’t stop and medical tests showed signs of liver damage. This was all before her second birthday. Grace’s parents were beside themselves, as any parent would be. They traveled the country visiting specialists. They ran numerous tests, but no one could diagnose Grace’s condition. “We’ve probably seen over 100 doctors,” Grace’s father said in 2014 when Grace’s symptoms were discovered. None of them could provide an explanation. Then, when their daughter turned two years old, the Wilseys tried...
  • How likely are you live to 90? Depends on your gender and body size

    01/22/2019 10:02:53 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | January 22, 2019 | Sandee LaMotte,
    Living to the ripe old age of 90 may depend on your body size -- both height and weight -- as well as your level of physical activity, and seems to influence a woman's lifespan more than it does a man's, according to a new study published Monday in the medical journal BMJ. The study found women who lived to 90 were, on average, taller and had put on less weight since the age of 20 as compared to women who were shorter and heavier. No such association was seen for men. However, men saw more benefit from physical activity...
  • The Crucifixion of James Watson (Co-Discoverer of the double-helix structure of DNA)

    01/18/2019 7:27:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/18/2019 | Andrew Benjamin
    CNN reports: "James Watson, who discovered the double-helix structure of DNA alongside Francis Crick in the 1950s based on the work of British chemist Rosalind Franklin, said in a PBS film that genes cause a difference in intelligence between white and black people in IQ tests. "The 90-year-old's comments were labeled 'reprehensible' by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) on New York's Long Island, where Watson had been the director from 1968 to 1993. The laboratory said it 'unequivocally rejects the unsubstantiated and reckless personal opinions Dr. James D. Watson expressed,' noting the statements were 'reprehensible [and] unsupported by science[.]'"...
  • Wedding DJ Who Killed, Raped Teacher in 1992 Caught After Sister Uploads DNA to Genealogy Site

    01/11/2019 6:00:01 PM PST · by lowbridge · 49 replies
    People ^ | January 9, 2019 | KC Baker
    A Pennsylvania wedding DJ admitted Tuesday to raping and strangling to death an elementary school teacher whose 26-year cold case was solved with help from DNA submitted to a genealogy database by his half-sister. In court Tuesday, Raymond Rowe, 50, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Christy Mirack, online court records show. Rowe went by the stage name DJ Freez and claimed on his now-defunct website he worked as a DJ for celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Brooke Hogan, as well as at events featuring Sting, The Eagles and Kenny Kravitz. He was sentenced to life in prison without...
  • Woman takes mitochondrial DNA test to find out which African tribe she descends from...

    12/17/2018 10:46:25 AM PST · by grundle · 149 replies
    wordpress ^ | December 17, 2018 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Woman takes mitochondrial DNA test to find out which African tribe she descends from, and is horrified to find out that her mitochondrial DNA is of “non-African lineage” In the first five minutes of this video, this woman goes on and on about how happy and excited she is because she just got back the results of her mitochondrial DNA test. She took the test because she wanted to find out which African tribe or tribes she is descended from. A person (male or female) inherits Mitochondrial DNA solely from their mother.After five minutes of joyous anticipation, she finally opens...
  • June flashback: Massive Genetic Study Reveals 90 Percent Of Earth’s Animals Appeared At Same Time

    12/09/2018 1:24:25 PM PST · by NYer · 113 replies
    Tech Times ^ | June 10 2018
    Landmark new research that involves analyzing millions of DNA barcodes has debunked much about what we know today about the evolution of species.In a massive genetic study, senior research associate at the Program for the Human Environment at Rockefeller University Mark Stoeckle and University of Basel geneticist David Thaler discovered that virtually 90 percent of all animals on Earth appeared at right around the same time.More specifically, they found out that 9 out of 10 animal species on the planet came to being at the same time as humans did some 100,000 to 200,000 years ago."This conclusion is very surprising,"...