Four Percenters Unite!: Study says some humans are four percent caveman

Hey, I’m not making this stuff up.

We have met Neanderthals, and they are us – or about 1 to 4 percent of each of us.

That is one implication of a four-year effort to sequence the Neanderthal genome – essentially setting out in order some 3 billion combinations of four key molecules that together represent the Neanderthals’ genetic blueprint. (Full story…)

Interesting. So, if some folks have more Neanderthal slouching around their genome than others, who might these four percenters be? I have theories. Continue reading

Boring and inconclusive election night comments

So the results are starting to come in, and thus far, sixteen areas have reported; Labour has won seven, the Tories two, Lib Dems one, and other parties (mostly in Scotland and Northern Ireland) six. Granted, these are all in the northeast, traditionally a strong Labour supporter area, so this isn’t a huge surprise. But the pundits are making something, or trying to anyway, of the fact that there has been a definite swing from Labour to the Tories in some of these areas. Of course, this is the general trend anyway, which is why the Tories are supposed to win more seats than Labour or the Lib Dems according to exit polls. But not enough to actually gain a majority.

At this point it’s all blather anyway. The major commentators are just making stuff up now—Jeremy Paxman just seriously asked someone “Who won the election tonight?” Really, we’ve got sixteen constituencies in, out of 560 or so ultimately to report.
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Weeds 1, Monsanto 0, Farmers -1

This should come as no surprise, but The New York Times breathlessly informed us yesterday that US farmers are starting to have a hard time coping with Roundup-resistant weeds. That’s right. Straight from the heart of the country where people don’t want to see evolution taught, farmers are getting a real-life lesson in evolutionary theory. I bet no one, absolutely no one, saw this one coming. Continue reading