Category Archives: Genetics

A New Theory of Human Evolution

Ever get the impression that anthropologists don’t have a clue? Why do they have to revise their theories of human evolution everytime a new fossil hominid is discovered or new technology comes out? I have a wacky theory that all the ancestral hominid bones they’ve found so far are ancestral to our own. Without the DNA to go on, all they can do is comparative anatomy and guess what the intra-species variability is. When they start talking about “interbreeding species” of Denisovan, Neanderthal, and modern humans, that is just BS because a species is defined by its inability to breed with other species. I think you had various migrating vs isolated populations going back 8-10 million years that would independently change (drift or unique selective factors) and later on, migrate and interbreed again, until in the modern human you have this huge variation of genes that represent all the different kinds of hominids we descended from. Like the breeds of dogs, we had widely divergent ancestral types, but we all share the same genes…
Modern Humans one of many co-existing ape species

Should the plebeians be allowed to know their own genes?

The FDA injunctions against 23andMe informing their customers of their own health traits is completely perverse. A study published in British Medical Journal, “Vitamin D Genes and Mortality”, (sadly locked behind a paywall) was mentioned in LEF magazine. They identified numerous genes that resulted in lower levels of Vitamin D and directly resulted in increased mortality. In a sample size of 95,766, increased risk of premature mortality was 30%! Taking a cheap vitamin D supplement would have completely eliminated this risk, if only they had known.

In this same issue (April 2015) of Life Extension Foundation magazine, the lead editorial proves that the FDA has killed more Americans with a single rule (fighting against public use of CoQ10) than have died in all wars combined. The FDA is absolutely the last bureaucracy we should be trusting to decide what information we are allowed to have.