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Blue-eyed humans have a single, common ancestor

Blue-eyed humans have a single, common ancestor
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 Hans 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 OCA2 gene codes for the so-called P protein, which is involved in the production of melanin, the pigment that gives colour to our hair, eyes and skin. Limited genetic variation Variation in the colour of the eyes from brown to green can all be explained by the amount of melanin in the iris, but blue-eyed individuals only have a small degree of variation in the amount of melanin in their eyes. Related:  Human Evolution and genesSORT: MISC PEARL: IN PROGRESS

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Lost pyramids spotted by space scientists - Technology & science - Science Seventeen lost pyramids are believed to have been found in Egypt by a team of space archaeologists from Alabama, according to a report. Sarah Parcak and her team at a NASA-sponsored laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham made the discoveries using a satellite survey, and also found more than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements in infrared images that show up buildings underground, BBC News reported. The BBC said that two of the suspected pyramids had been confirmed by initial excavations. "We were very intensely doing this research for over a year. I could see the data as it was emerging, but for me the 'aha' moment was when I could step back and look at everything that we'd found, and I couldn't believe we could locate so many sites all over Egypt," Parcak said. She said it was likely that more buildings would be found. "These are just the sites [close to] the surface. "It gives us a much bigger perspective on archaeological sites.

Vitamin B-6 Deficiency Sign: No Dream Recall On the way home from preschool the other day, five-year-old Frederick was recounting his dream for the night. As he described the dream, I thought “I must write about this on the site.” What I thought to myself as he told me the story was “Good news. His B-6 status is good.” Your regular doctor will not have this information but pioneer in mental health and food nutrients, Carl Pfieffer, describes in his book Nutrition and Mental Illness that in the presence of a B-6 deficiency you do not recall your dreams at night. 192 How many times have you said, “I don’t have dreams”? You likely do have dreams but you just don’t remember them. I did have a dream last night. Your doctor can test your B-6 level but some will start with a more general plasma homocysteine that is associated with poor folate, B-12, and/or B-6. B-6, by the way, is critical in converting your proteins such as tryptophan into key neurotransmitters such as serotonin. “Children were screaming and laughing. “Were they scared?”

European genetic identity may stretch back 36,000 years Europeans carry a motley mix of genes from at least three ancient sources: indigenous hunter-gatherers within Europe, people from the Middle East, and northwest Asians from near the Great Steppe of eastern Europe and central Asia. One high-profile recent study suggested that each genetic component entered Europe by way of a separate migration and that they only came together in most Europeans in the past 5000 years. Now ancient DNA from the fossilized skeleton of a short, dark-skinned, dark-eyed man who lived at least 36,000 years ago along the Middle Don River in Russia presents a different view: This young man had DNA from all three of those migratory groups and so was already “pure European,” says evolutionary biologist Eske Willerslev of the Natural History Museum of Denmark at the University of Copenhagen, who led the analysis. Kostenki XIV (Markina Gora), reconstructed by M.

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10 Reasons Clay Should Be In Every Mama’s Cupboard By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer This post contains affiliate links. So let me state for the record that I am officially crackers. I let my kids eat dirt. And not only that, I make sure they eat dirt. Okay, okay – it’s not just any dirt, although I will argue that eating dirt while they play can actually be quite a healthy thing, the dirt to which I am referring is mineral-rich clay. It’s known as “the clay of a thousand uses,” but as a mother of three young children, I find it especially handy for ten specific reasons. 1. No matter how healthily we eat or how healthily we feed our children, our bodies have to deal with a lot of junk. While our livers, kidneys, and lymphatic systems are still working hard to move those toxins out of our systems, they’re often overwhelmed, so the toxins get stored around the body, causing weakness, lack of energy, feeling foggy, and the inability to lose weight. See Kate’s detox method and how she uses clay, even as an exclusively-breastfeeding mama. 2.

Genetic Markers: Connecting the Dots 1. Introduce the activity and build students' background about genetic markers. Tell students that they are going to engage in a hands-on activity that simulates how genetic markers (also called genetic signposts) are passed on from one population of humans to another. 2. Select 2-3 students to be the scientists, and have them leave the room. 3. Call the scientists back into the room. 4. Give the students in the scientist role an opportunity to work out a strategy on their own. 5. Ask the scientists to describe how they used those symbols to help them figure out the route that the clipboard took around the classroom. How was the simulation like the Genographic Project? Egypt Pyramids - Secret Information, Knowledge, and Wisdom The Great pyramid encrypted the dimensions of the earth and was aligned to certain stars and constellations at specific angels (angles) geometrically and numbers which were considered divine according to mathematic rarity, oddity, location, or center. Numbers can be used to form geometric shapes and symbols to tell a story orally or written. The great Pyramid and all wonders of the world including the Bible have a special message built in to them. The constellations tell the story of history and Jesus Christ to come and die on the cross. Notice is the picture to the right that if you draw a line north to south and east to west if forms a cross going right to the start of Pisces the fish. How many fish did Jesus catch? So peter took the advice of Jesus and tried again even though he had lost faith and hope, and was exhausted from working all night. His pride and EGO could have prevented him from trying one last time and here is the lesson which ties into everything in the great pyramid.

Phenomenal portraits of Siamese fighting fish perfectly lit in clear water give impression they are floating in mid air Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich created the series of photos Siamese fighting fish have been line bred for over 120 years Breeding created today’s stunning colours and long finage By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 17:02 GMT, 18 November 2013 | UPDATED: 18:20 GMT, 18 November 2013 A Thai photographer has created a series of phenomenal portraits of Siamese fighting fish. The intimate photos are perfectly lit in clear water and look as if the fish are floating in mid air. Visarute Angkatavanich who originally studied advertising before embarking on a career as a commercial photographer, says that photographing fish is his true 'passion.' Mid-air: A Thai photographer has created a series of phenomenal portraits of Siamese fighting fish Battle: Keepers are recommended to only have one male to a tank as they will fight each other to the death Elegant: 'I love to take their motion in many ways of lighting to show their elegant pose,' said Mr Angkatavanich

Scientists Identify Brain Expanding Gene In Humans As humans, we know we are pretty unique: We are the most dominant species on Earth and our big brains are something worth boasting about. After all, they’re around three times larger than those of our closest relatives, chimpanzees, despite the fact that our DNA is 99% similar. So to what do we owe this prominent feature? This question has been plaguing biologists for some time, but it seems we may be slowly starting to piece together this genetic puzzle. Just last week, scientists revealed that they had identified a stretch of DNA which, when inserted into mice, made their brains 12% larger than those with the same sequence from chimps. Now, scientists have found a uniquely human gene that not only increased the size of a key brain region in mice, but also bestowed this area with the distinctive morphology observed in primate brains. The region of the brain scientists homed in on for their study was the neocortex, which—as the name suggests—is the newest addition to our brain.