We just returned from a long trip through Italy and were struck by Italians’ apparent immunity to all the forces of aging that besiege Americans and other members of the First World. “Italian men,” said Paolo, our driver, “smoke, drink, womanize and curse all day and live to a hundred.” Maybe the answers why are in this new report on Italian longevity.
According to a professor of immunology and microbiology at Stanford University, humans were able to survive, spread and expand their populations once they left Africa because of immunities to disease they acquired from Neanderthals and Denisovans, who had lived in Europe and Asia already for hundreds of thousands of years.
DNA Consultants’ fourth Jewish marker, Tatar/Khazar, has been renamed Jewish IV, bringing it into line with European, Asian and Sub-Saharan African marker groups. All these populations have four markers in acknowledgment of their complexity, age and diversity.
By Donald N. Yates
Capt. John Cooper
Nancy J. Cooper et al. v. The Choctaw Nation is one of the classic botched cases in the annals of the Dawes Commission, the Federal government’s attempt to deal a death blow to tribal sovereignty at the close of the nineteenth century. I had heard rumors about my Cooper relatives and how they were kicked out of the Choctaw Nation. But I never knew the whole story until recently.
As Revealed by Autosomal Markers.
No scientific work, to our knowledge, has ever hazarded a guess on what the mutation rate for autosomal CODIS-type markers might be. Is it like mitochondrial DNA, which has a molecular clock measured in the thousands or tens of thousands of years, or is it like STRs on the Y chromosome, with its much shorter timeframe? The question is important if you are trying to extrapolate the history of the human race from today’s autosomal population statistics.
“There are already many fine books on the history of the Jews in the Middle Ages,” writes Theodore L. Steinberg, an English professor at State University of New York, in the preface to his Jews and Judaism in the Middle Ages (Wesport: Praeger, 2008). So why another one?
In 2009-2010, an analysis of 11 royal mummies from around 1300 BCE was carried out by an Egyptian team under the country’s chief archeologist Zahi Hawass. A television special was produced, titled “Unwrapping King Tut.” Hawass and his colleagues published “Ancestry and Pathology in King Tutankhamun’s Family,” in JAMA, vol. 303, no. 7. (Feb. 17, 2010).
Over a year ago, there appeared one of the few studies of autosomal DNA in Ireland and Britain. If you have English/Welsh, Irish, northern Irish, Highlands Scottish, Lowlands Scottish or Swedish matches, you will want to read this post. Here is the original article and abstract.
Did Neanderthals Linger in Russia’s Far North?
By Michael Balter
Science 13 May 2011:
Vol. 332 no. 6031 p. 778
If you think haplogroup testing for Native American DNA is in sad shape, you should look at autosomal testing. It has been practically nonexistent. Even the major 2007 study by Wang et al. has glaring gaps and methodological quandaries(1).