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The Wandering Roma: A Historical Snapshot


The much maligned Roma (Cigano, Traveler, Tzigane, etc) are seen the world over.  While traveling in Guatemala in the 1990’s I decided to get off  the chicken bus in Chichicastenango for a few days and rent an actual hotel room … Continue reading

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Toxoplasmosis: Your Cat’s Gift That Keeps on Giving


Toxoplasmosis Gondii infection makes infected mice unafraid and even attracted to areas where cats have sprayed.  This parasite can cross into the brain and cause unpredictable behavior depending on the site of infection.  Its prevalence is probably not very great…unless … Continue reading

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Svante Pääbo Sequences Denisova (Neandertal Contemporary) Genome


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svante_Paabo Entire genome of extinct human decoded from fossil February 7, 2012 EnlargeResearchers have now been able to sequence the entire Denisova genome using 10 milligram of a finger bone fragment that was found in the Denisova-Cave in Southern Sibiria. … Continue reading

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Telomeres, More on These Fascinating Caps on Our Chromosomes


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Weiner: It’s Men! They’re ALL PIGS! They’re Brain Damaged!


Ok, we get it, being male can be a disability.   It’s that damn Y-chromosome.  Somewhere way, waay back there was a mutation that affected the brain of about half of the population.  Generally, it was a good mutation, it allowed … Continue reading

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Neandertals Genes May Have been Swamped By Sapiens


Neanderthals: Bad luck and its part in their downfall 07 April 2011 by Mark Buchanan, Magazine issue 2807. Subscribe and save AS OUR ancestors moved north out of Africa and onto the doorstep to the rest of the world, they came across their … Continue reading

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Are your genes good enough to be passed on?


No Irish Need Apply Eugenics: A world movement at the turn of the century Lest we forget American attitudes prior to WWII, here is an old testament to what we really thought about racial superiority in the good old days.  … Continue reading

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