The Gingers are Going Nowhere

There are a lot of redheads on my mum’s side of the family, and although I have dodged the ginger bullet and have been blessed with mousey brown hair, I was unfortunately hit by some stray shrapnel; and thus have pale skin, freckles, and a ginger beard. I have recently had myself genotyped (a process of determining differences in the genetic make-up using biological assays) to asses the damages of this stray shrapnel and the results came back as I had feared. I have a mutation in one of my melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R) genes that codes for a protein called – you guessed it – the melanocortin-1 receptor. This receptor is located on the surface of melanocytes which are specialised cells that produce pigments called melanins that, amongst other things, give things like skin, hair, and eyes their colour. A mutation in this gene can prevent the receptor from working, preventing melanocytes from producing eumelanin (black/brown pigment) and instead favouring the production of pheomelanin (red pigment) resulting in ginger hair.

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Although I only have the one recessive mutation (SNP i2002507 position 89986546) and therefore have luscious thick mousey brown hair, my friends immediately began to call me ginger when they discovered my dark secret. Instead of getting on the defensive, I decided to embrace and accept my mutated genes, and was horrified to discover that I am a member of a dying population. According to a recent article published in the tabloid newspaper, the Daily Mirror, gingers could become extinct as a result of climate change – so says “experts”. Continue reading

#032 – C0nc0rdance and the 7 common thoughts in science denialist – The League of Nerds

This week Myles and James are joined by one of their youtube favourites, C0nc0rdance for a chat about commonalities within thought processes that go hand in hand with most science deniallist. C0nc0rdance will be back in a later episode to talk about Peter Duesberg and HIV.

9GAG and the AIDS Cure

9GAG recently posted an image on their Facebook page that referenced a patent for an AIDS cure. I could go into detail about how this AIDS cure is bullshit, and how the 105,047 people who liked this post are idiots but I am far to lazy. Instead I simply ran my own google searches to find patents that show how ridiculous these people are.

  • Full body teleportation system – US 20060071122 A1
  • Adjustable divining rod device – US 3717950 A
  • Traditional Chinese medicine for prevention and cure of hydrophobia and its formulating method – CN 1075263 A
  • Apparatus for obtaining an artificial erection – US 5213563 A
  • Dispersed space based laser weapon – US 8757552 B1
  • Nano remedies contained crystal – CN 2915157 Y
  • Chinese medicinal preparation for treating ovine smallpox – CN 102846736 A

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Bad science in the paper ‘Hematotoxicity of Bacillus thuringiensis as Spore-crystal Blah Blah Blah’

Myles reviews the findings of the paper ‘Hematotoxicity of Bacillus thuringiensis as Spore-crystal Strains Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab, Cry1Ac or Cry2Aa in Swiss Albino Mice’

‘Hematotoxicity of Bacillus thuringiensis as Spore-crystal Strains Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab, Cry1Ac or Cry2Aa in Swiss Albino Mice’

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Adventures in your Sleep (Blake Robinson – The Synthetic Orchestra Originals Volume 1)