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While genetics deals with the DNA sequence itself and the heritable changes in the DNA (mutations), epigenetics deals with heritable traits that are not caused by mutations. Rather, chemical modifications to the DNA can efficiently turn genes on and off without changing the sequence. This epigenetic regulatory layer controls where, when and how genes are activated, and is believed to be behind many of the differences between human groups.

Indeed, many epigenetic changes distinguish us from the Neanderthal and the Denisovan, researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Europe have now shown.

Abstract: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2014/04/16/science.1250368

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140422084736.htm
In parallel with modern man (Homo sapiens), there were other, extinct types of humans with whom we lived side by side, such as Neanderthals and the recently discovered  Denisovans of Siberia. Yet only Homo sapiens survived. What was it in our genetic makeup that gave us the advantage?
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I posted this a few months ago but I think it's well worth a reshare!!
 
Will you change your mind?
+Buddhini Samarasinghe wrote about http://edge.org's annual question:
What Have You Changed Your Mind About? Why?
https://plus.google.com/+BuddhiniSamarasinghe/posts/JKSBovEfBxF

I thought about some of the hot-button topics and how you often can't change people's mind, even with overwhelming evidence. There are three things working against changing someone's mind.

✿Confirmation Bias - the tendency to favor information that supports your existing view.

✿Cognitive Dissonance - action that contradicts reasoning, e.g., continuing to smoke when you agree it is unhealthy.

✿Motivated Reasoning - accepting information that supports what you already believe and giving extra scrutiny to information that is against what you believe.

Here's a good blog to summarize these three concepts.
Psychology’s Treacherous Trio: Confirmation Bias, Cognitive Dissonance, and Motivated Reasoning
By Sam McNerney 2011
http://goo.gl/fNOA1o

There is a biological component too. Chris Mooney writes that emotion kicks in before you have a chance to reason. Evolution has lead animals to react quickly for survival. It makes sense that when we react quickly, we rely on what we believe first.

The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science
How our brains fool us on climate, creationism, and the vaccine-autism link.
By Chris Mooney 2011 h/t +Marjolein Caniels
http://goo.gl/g1eAsm

The Mooney piece has many examples of the treacherous trio. I would suggest reading the McNerney blog first. This isn't my area of expertise so I'm hoping +Zuleyka Zevallos or +Chris Robinson can chime in.

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“If there was one life skill everyone on the planet needed, it was the ability to think with critical objectivity”
― Josh Lanyon, Come Unto These Yellow Sands

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 I'm annoyed (and upset) with the science ignorance that's floating around, and screaming (and crying out loud) helps in some ways, doesn't it? Emotional catharsis of some sort...
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Welcome aboard +Michael Logue. A brilliant addition to our team!
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The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi, available on May 20, is a collection of artwork by Julius Csotonyi, an award-winning illustrator whose work lives in museums and in science papers. Csotonyi, who holds a PhD in microbiology, works frequently with paleontologists who need help bringing their fossil finds to life. Sometimes, though, he draws whatever comes to mind. According to Csotonyi’s parents, his first illustration, at age 3, was of a dinosaur. “It appears to have been intended to be a rooster,” Csotonyi says in the book.

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Although I joined in only recently, I would recommend this community (created by +Carlo Landzaat )  for one main reason that there are no rules! Also, I've come across several interesting discussions and some brilliant minds here. 
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Scientific analysis of OTZI,   a 20 year study reveals everything about the  5300 year old  iceman ,  with illustrations.


 DNA analysis in February 2012 revealed that Otzi was lactose intolerant, supporting the theory that lactose intolerance was still common at that time, despite the increasing spread of agriculture and dairying #evolution  

No next-of-kin was around to claim the frozen 5,300-year-old body of Ötzi the Iceman when it was found in the Italian Alps in 1991, but researchers now report that there are at least 19 genetic relatives of Ötzi living in Austria's Tyrol region.

"These men and the 'Iceman' had the same ancestors," Walther Parson, a researcher at the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Innsbruck, told the Austrian Press Agency last week.

The relatives may not know they're related, however. The Austrian researchers haven't told them.

They found the 19 genetic matches by looking through the DNA records of 3,700 Austrian blood donors for a rare Y-chromosome mutation known as G-L91. The mutation is a reliable marker for ancestral relationships, because it tends to be passed down intact from one generation to the next. But because it's on the Y sex chromosome, the marker can be used only to trace male ancestry.  S
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I think he had to be related to 900 years old Noah. It is in the Book.
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