Confused Baby Girl Meet Her Fathers Twin Brother For The First Time
HH: My mother was an identical twin. She and my aunt tried to fool us many times, but as we got older, we could always tell.
Studies show that at least half of the variation in intelligence quotient, or IQ, is inherited. Alex Nabaum
Dapple for sure (which is not exclusive to grey horses) and a sooty modifier. Possibly sooty buckskin. That seems to be the closest when I did a search. The intensity of the modifier varies so sometimes you barely see it and sometimes the horses look like they rolled in soot.
it looks like someone sprinkled salt in watercolor paint
Visualizing Race, Identity, and Change
HH: This is an excellent article and in our society, very timely. America is the melting pot, but we still classify people by race, religion, ethnicity, gender and so on.
Being bi-racial myself, I always struggle with that box on surveys - I generally check “other.” Or the lesser desired choice of "prefer not to answer," until I see a suitable selection.
It’s a good read and an interesting dialogue for our times.
Tribe of Ghosts is an insightful and revealing project by photojournalist Jacquelyn Martin that presents portraits of mistreated and often abandoned albinos in Africa while simultaneously sharing their personal stories and revealing their unappreciated beauty. Spending three-and-a-half weeks in Tanzania, a nation known for having one of the highest counts of the genetic mutation, Martin focused her lens on people with albinism living at the Kabanga Protectorate Center—a protective retreat that some see as a boarding school of sorts.
Filled with many children, the center paints a picture of an unfortunate tale that many of them share. Due to the social discrimination and cultural legends about people with albinism, many of these people are forsaken and even attacked. Browsing through the series and reading Martin’s discoveries from each personal account reveals the horrors that these people, young and old, have endured in a society that rejects their genetic makeup and even hunts them down because of it. (Witch doctors seem to believe that their body parts can be used for magic potions.)
Some of the residents of Kabanga center were left there by their parents while others were sent by the government for their own protection. In some heart-wrenching stories, these people have even been attacked by groups led by their own relatives. While the situation remains dire, there is some hope with the younger generations who have shown interest in becoming teachers, lawyers, and politicians in an effort to aid and protect other people with albinism.
The Faroe Islands’ capital city of Torshavn - Roland Zihlmann/Shutterstock
Faroe Islands Aim to Sequence Genes of Entire Country
The country is offering whole genome sequencing to every citizen who wants it — a project that will chart the way for the future of genomic medicine.
Growing up in the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic, Edmund Jensen battled an overpowering sense of fatigue. At age 10, he developed seizures in which his limbs would stiffen and his eyes would roll back in his head, but local doctors could never diagnose his condition. In August 2008, Danish doctors identified the genetic defect that prevented his body from maintaining adequate levels of carnitine, which plays a critical role in metabolism. By then, Jensen was 21, had close-cropped brown hair and a silver hoop through his upper ear.
The day before he went to get his first prescription, he died of cardiac arrest. “Again and again, I look at his picture and cannot believe that it is true,” his father, John, wrote afterward.
Jensen’s death was followed by the death of his third cousin Margretha, along with a string of macabre news articles about this undiagnosed genetic condition that had been shattering families in the Faroes for decades. The deaths became a call to action for the country’s Health Ministry, which persuaded some 30,000 citizens — about three-fifths of the total population — to submit blood samples to its new Genetic Biobank. They were all screened for Jensen’s disease, called carnitine transporter deficiency (CTD), improving and potentially saving dozens of lives. The earlier deaths would have a larger impact, though, changing the very face of health care in the Faroes and setting it on a path to become a leader in genomic medicine.
White Giraffe. Photo Pinball PW @ Flickr
Aborigines are the world’s oldest continuous culture, and though they arrived in Australia between 40,000 and 60,000 years ago, their appearance has not changed significantly. They typically have deep-set eyes, broad noses, full lips and prominent cheekbones. (Pete Turner/Getty Images)
Striped Cheetah - Greg Barsh -Ann van Dyk cheetah preserve
In the king cheetah, spots coalesce into large blotches, and stripes develop on the animal’s back.