"We Are All Mutants"


Each of us has at least 100 new mutations in our DNA, according to research published in the journal Current Biology. Scientists have been trying to get an accurate estimate of the mutation rate for over 70 years.

However, only now has it been possible to get a reliable estimate, thanks to "next generation" technology for genetic sequencing. The findings may lead to new treatments and insights into our evolution. - BBC
Interesting; science or subliminal social conditioning? And is there a difference?

The obvious YouTube tie-in is The X-Men, but since I'm still smarting from The 4400's cancellation I thought I'd put in a plug for the series, just in case some readers aren't familiar with it. Here's how the pitch meeting went: "It's X-Files meets The X-Men."

UPDATE: Some of you have heard the Japanese First Lady's claims of "alien abduction." I was going to do a bit on it in a news post, but Andre's got it covered.

UPDATE II: Andre also points us to David Icke's worst nightmare: "DNA Research & Fossils Links Human Ear Evolution to Reptiles."

9 comments:

  1. Speaking of plugs, have you noticed that TV advertisers are moving in your direction? I'm thinking of the latest Taco Bell commercial where an office guy is paged but as his name is Taco something and Taco is having a 5 for 3.99 sale, he heads out to Taco Bell. The other one ran all summer by Dairy Queen where the woman overhears a mother talking about her twins.

    There are a couple of movies out and in DVD called Knowing and Super 8 that were preludes to Men who stare at Goats. These Hollywood types have been stealing from you forever.

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  2. I liked the 4400. It was a cool series available on NETFLIX.

    I would add Steven Spielberg's TAKEN and HEROES to the list of pop culture "mutant" series.

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  3. Hi Chris,

    There seems to be a lot of mainstream news about DNA mutations lately. It seems to come and go in cycles.

    ABC News this week ran a story on a young medical student's brain cancer for which he himself is trying to find a cure. The cure centers on DNA, not the patient's but the DNA of the tumor! Parts of the tumor's genome rejects chemo.

    Of course the mutations of viruses have long been the bane of cures for diseases.

    Also Chris, a cool oddity: photo of a face in a melting glacier! Not a Virgin Mary but rather it's been dubbed "Mother Nature" crying about global warming. Odd but neat.

    See it here:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/6127552/Icecap-photo-shows-mother-nature-in-tears.html

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  4. What's of interest here is the caption beneath the photo:

    "'ET'- ha! And they keep denying they have alien assistance!"

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/09/02/atl_first_flight_test_against_target/

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  5. Mutation is how evolution works, through the aeons. You will propably find it across the whole galaxy.

    To reach its "final destination" the cell must mutate in order to gain "higher level".

    Absolutely normal ^^

    Greetings from Germany my fellow mutants

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  6. Not surprised by this information Chris although it is food for thought in terms of social engineering. Glosses over the fact that the electro-chemical soup that we walk through is pretty much untested, and we are the guinea pig generation for every strata of technology. Saw an advert the other day that had loads of celebrities talking to themselves, as in they had creepy doubles and sometimes even more, like three or four duplicates. Then Bruce Willis pops up talking to his sinister double (!), and this was probably filmed way before surrogates. All getting a bit blatant and uninspired if you ask me. Like a Wagnerian opera, it just circles around.

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  7. Great science point on mutation, dynamitrios! So true, often overlooked and almost never put out by scientist to the mainstream media.

    Chris,

    There are so many interesting news stories lately.

    But trying to stay on topic...talk about mutations in "point of view"!

    New photos of Mars released this week look more green and blue than that odd reddish brown we had become accustomed to. Someone's apparently trying to "mutate" our thinking of the Red planet!

    http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/releases/sept_09.php?page=2

    AOL news article calls it an "Airplane view" of Mars:

    http://news.aol.com/article/images-of-mars-from-mars-reconnaissance/656377

    Thanks, Chris!

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  8. And thanks to everyone for the comments. I got a million things on my plate right now, so please, feel free to talk amongst yourselves. Anyone want to field some of the questions raised in the past few threads? You'd be doing me a mitzvah.
    As I said before my energy is going to be focused on keeping the updates regular for the next several weeks and even that is going to be tight. So keep the comments section rocking!

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