06 February 2008

Mutants Are Everywhere

No kidding, they are. Here's how to recognize them:

New research shows that people with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor. A team at the University of Copenhagen have tracked down a genetic mutation which took place 6-10,000 years ago and is the cause of the eye colour of all blue-eyed humans alive on the planet today.

“Originally, we all had brown eyes”, said Professor Eiberg from the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. “But a genetic mutation affecting the OCA2 gene in our chromosomes resulted in the creation of a “switch”, which literally “turned off” the ability to produce brown eyes”.

More in the press release.


Mark said...

But, but, but the earth is only 6,000 years old. How can the gene be between 6,000 and 10,000?

Seriously though, my dad's side of the family has a mutation that caused extra bones in the feet. Not noticeable except to a doctor but I wonder how old that mutation is.

WestEnder said...

Ha! I guess I lost Ken Hamm as a reader. It was only a matter of spacetime.

Three families that got yer feet beat:

The blue people of KY.

The werewolf family.

The quadrupedal family.

ohdave said...

omg... Mark, you took the words right out of my mouth. EXZACTLY what I was going to write.

Well, except for the footbones thing. I wasn't going to write that. But the six thousand years thing... that's what I was going to say!!!