MyFonts: Creative Characters Catherine Dixon interviews Nadine Chahine, July 2016 Catherine: Is this sense of movement in type coming from your experience of Arabic type design? I seem to recall you once speaking at TypeCon about Arabic dance in the context of Arabic calligraphy. Nadine: Yes! That presentation was interesting to do because there is so much commonality between the kinds of movements that we make in Arabic calligraphy and in Arabic dance. When I am looking at calligraphy, I am concerned with the pathways of the pen, and how the structures of letters combine with gesture to influence the final shapes. It is this combination of tool, movement and structure, which determines, for instance, the thicks and thins of a letter, and the way the shapes come to life.
How to make your own calculator for DIYDodecad As I have explained in the README file of DIYDodecad, it is possible to use the software to create and distribute new calculators, based on different marker sets/ancestral populations. (The following discussion will only be useful to other genome bloggers, or people who have experience with ADMIXTURE software). Currently, DIYDodecad is distributed together with the 'dv3' calculator ("Dodecad v3"). Genome hacker uncovers largest-ever family tree Andrew Bret Wallis/Getty Images Using data pulled from online genealogy sites, a renowned ‘genome hacker’ has constructed what is likely the biggest family trees ever assembled. The researcher and his team now plan to use the data — including a single uber-pedigree comprising 13 million individuals, which stretches back to the fifteenth century — to analyse the inheritance of complex genetic traits, such as longevity and fertility. In addition to providing the invitation list to what would be the world’s largest family reunion, the work presented by computational biologist Yaniv Erlich at the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting in Boston could provide a new tool for understanding the extent to which genes contribute to certain traits. The pedigrees have been made available to other researchers, but Erlich and his team at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have stripped the names from the data to protect privacy.
DNA-screening test 23andMe launches in UK after US ban Genetic testing company 23andMe is launching its personal genome service in the UK after it was banned in the US. The service allows people to send their saliva in a testing kit to have their DNA screened for genes associated with certain inherited conditions, such as cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anaemia, and other genetic markers relating to parts of their lives and ancestry. “We can take complicated genetic information and distill it in language that people can actually understand,” the 23andMe chief executive Anne Wojcicki said. “The genome is fascinating, and it’s the most exciting scientific revolution of our lifetime. The goal is to keep people engaged with their own genome, so that they know what it means for them and then keep them abreast of the scientific discoveries as they unfold.” The spit kits cost £125 and are sent to the Netherlands before testing in the US.
FamiLinx General FamiLinx is a scientific resource of curated genealogical, demographic, and basic phenotypic data from tens of millions of people mostly from the last 500 years. Different from traditional studies, this resource is the product of an ultra crowd-sourcing approach and is based on the collaborative work of genealogy enthusiasts around the world who documented and shared their family stories. The starting point of FamiLinx was the public information on Geni.com, a genealogy-driven social network that is operated by MyHeritage. Geni.com allows genealogists to enter their family trees into the website and to create profiles of family members with basic demographic information such as sex, birth date, marital status, and location.
Inside 23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki's $99 DNA Revolution There's a lot you can do for your child with 99 dollars. You can purchase 14 gallons of organic milk or 396 lollipops. You can give her 33 rides on the Ferris wheel at the state fair, or you can get him a couple of violin lessons. You could put the money in a savings account, you could buy her her very own LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer digital learning tablet, or you could buy enough pizzas to feed all of her friends on the block. So many options, so many choices. I took that money and got my daughter's genes tested, ordering up an analysis of the composition of her very small self and its odds of living a long and healthy life.
Google's project to 'cure death,' Calico, announces $1.5 billion research center The Google-backed life-extension company, Calico, announced today that it was partnering with Chicago-based pharmaceutical giant AbbVie to develop and bring to market new drugs targeting diseases associated with old age. Each partner has committed to providing $250 million in funding with the option to each add another $500 million to the project. The money will be used to create a new research center in San Francisco, where Calico will hire a team of researchers to discover new drugs and guide early development. AbbVie will focus more on the clinical trials, late-stage development, and bringing promising new drugs to market. "Our relationship with AbbVie is a pivotal event for Calico, whose mission is to develop life-enhancing therapies for people with age-related diseases. "There are many, many tragic cases of cancer, and it’s very, very sad, but in the aggregate, it’s not as big an advance as you might think."
Universal Declaration of Human Rights Preamble Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world, Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,