Monday, January 21, 2013

Neanderthal baby- Willing Woman?

I can create Neanderthal baby, I just need willing woman’

A scientist has said it would be possible to clone a Neanderthal baby from ancient DNA if he could find a woman willing to act as a surrogate.

Neanderthal ManSee full article at "The Telegraph"

This is an interesting article and should raise a conversation on what is ethical.  But should ethics limit what could be discovered that could help humanity now?
Speaking of ethical creations - In the latter 70's when I was stationed at Ft Polk, LA, working at the US Army Hospital's OBGYN ward. We had a doctor who was quite willing to discuss abstract ideas. The concept of creating life from an egg and a skin cell was discussed between myself and this doctor. He said if you took an egg with only 23 chromosomes and a skin cell when it was duplicating its self when it also only had 23 chromosomes, that the egg could be impregnated with it. We discussed this for a couple of hours in between patient care. He also stated that this would be done with a skin cell from a woman and that it would never be developed because most scientist doing these studies were men and if they actually created a way to do it - Women would no longer need men. He stated that men would then either become extinct or be kept as play things for women... LOL! That would never be good for humanity. 
WE females need our Male counter parts.

Just a thought for today...

Monday, December 31, 2012

What will you do this new year?

Happy New Year - 2013

May you accomplish some of your dreams this year..... Nelda

Friday, December 28, 2012

2012 Top 10 Genetic Genealogy Happenings‏

2012 Top 10 Genetic Genealogy Happenings‏

 from Roberta Estes's Blog:


 She states "A fun look back at 2012. It's been a very busy year in genetic genealogy."

Visit her blog to find out more....


Thursday, December 13, 2012

From Dr D Digs Up Ancestors

Well, as we head towards the Mayan end of the calendar and science astronomy saying the world and planets will aling with a black hole deep in space, we have a major upheaval in the world of genetic genealogy too. 

To say the least this is an interesting month.

Dr D Digs up Ancestors has written a wonderful blog on the earth shatter change in genetic genealogy.  Here are a few of his observations and a link to his blog so you can read it all.

Seismic Shift in Genetic Genealogy

It seems like the entire landscape of genetic genealogy has shifted in the last week. What magnitude on the Richter Scale were the shakes that led to this amount of widespread and almost simultaneous change? Only time will tell as to which of theses events will have the most lasting impact.

After discussing the changes at major companies like 23andme, Familytreedna, and National Genographic, he goes on to talk about how  these changes will effect the results we have already determined.

Although, it is a blog for the specific surname Dowell, his incite is informative.  Go read his blog, follow him as he tends to give general information too.


HAPPY HOLIDAYS What ever yours are.


Sunday, December 2, 2012


"The Supreme Court today granted a writ of certiorari (meaning they agreed to hear the appeal) in Assoc. for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., et al., the famous case centered on patents covering two human genes: BRCA1 and BRCA2."

The full article is at the URL is between the parentheses and can be copied and pasted into your browser if the link breaks across lines:

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Good reading...

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Skin cells - tell all

DNA's Genetic Mosaic Revealed By Skin Cells

There is an interesting report at

Here is just part of it....
"The prevailing wisdom has been that every cell in the body contains identical DNA. However, a new study of stem cells derived from the skin has found that genetic variations are widespread in the body's tissues, a finding with profound implications for genetic screening, according to Yale School of Medicine researchers."

Lately  there have been very interesting advances with Stem Cells. We have the future to look forward to.



Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Genealogy

Has anyone signed up for Genealogy?  Kimberly Powell writes some interesting and informative articles on genealogy.

Here she gives you a challenge (Copied verbatim)
We've all used census records to research our families, but have we really gleaned everything possible from these records? Have we found each family member in every available census during their lifetime? Included state and local census records in our research plan? Used all available census substitutes, including city directories, tax lists, and voting lists? My challenge to you this week is to revisit your research on at least one ancestral family and make sure you've covered *all* of your census bases!
Now this is an excellent idea. Have you found records for each of your families..?? Pick one and start working.. I suggest that you go sign up for her newsletters
 You can also follow her on facebook and twitter

Happy hunting