Saturday, January 22, 2011

CM PRESS # 386

SEEMINGLY MINOR CHANGES IN THE DNA CODE CAN HAVE MAJOR EFFECTS IN THE COMPLETE ORGANISM

A case in point.  In NOVA's documentary DOGS DECODED you'll learn that Grey Wolves and domesticated dogs share about 99.8% of the their DNA code, are the same species and can easily interbreed.

To try to understand why wolves and dogs seem so different, Hungarian researchers took a group of newly born domestic dog puppies and for 8 weeks gave them a lot of human love and affection.

The researchers then did the same thing with newly born wolf cubs.

If, as some believe, the friendly behavior of domesticated dogs and  the wild, aggressive behavior of wolves is due to nurture rather than nature, one would expect both groups to act the same after the 8 weeks of almost identical human love and affection.

That's not what happened.

Instead of continuing to be friendly to humans like the dog puppies, the wolves showed agression, wouldn't obey commands and in other ways were different and wilder than the dog puppies.

Why?  Because genes are us, And, as we wrote above, very minor changes in the DNA code can have major effects in the complete organism. All that is needed is a change in just a few letters out of the billions of letters in an organism's genotype and you have, well...wolves and dogs.

We sometimes describe this as a being a little like firing a rifle at a target a couple of hundred yards away.  The slightest, hardly felt flinch at the trigger will often cause the bullet to miss the target by yards.
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LATEST ON THE LHC
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The scheduled maintenance on the machine is continuing and should be completed by the end of January.  Plans are to cool the machine down and begin operations in the middle of February.
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DRIVER TRYING TO HELP VICTIM HIT BY CAR GETS ATTACKED BY MOB
Link to LA TIMES story
This happened in Hawthorne.  You'll note that the race/ethnicity of the mob and the person trying to help, who was attacked, are not mentioned in the story.  Do you think this is important?  We do.  We think it is an important piece of information.

The more you know about violent street crime, the safer you will be.
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TMZ: KEITH OLBERMANN WAS FIRED
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It'll be interesting to see if MSNBC takes some advice of some conservatives who we know  contacted the network some weeks ago suggesting that Olbermann be fired and that MSNBC should take a more conservative tack. 

The reasoning was that over at Fox, Bill O'Reilly's egomanical shtick has gotten tired and old and silly and there may be an opening for a new conservative network.

Networks are businesses.  If you  can't make money being liberal and you see the guys down the street making money being conservative...well, business is business.
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IRAN NUKE TALKS FAIL
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Well of course they have. The talks are phony and make unreasonable demands on Iran to curb its nuke ambitions while once again ignoring the fact that no such demands are being made on Israel.
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NO UPDATES OR OTHER INFORMATION YET ON PEDESTRIAN HIT BY A CAR ON HARBOR BLVD. AS REPORTED YESTERDAY
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