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Winter Flounder In Long Island's Bays Are Inbred
2013-07-24 09:27:41

The Institute for Ocean Conservation Science Scientists from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University advise that loss of genetic diversity presents survival risks for historically common marine fish and should be considered in fisheries management Research conducted in six bays of Long Island, NY, and led by scientists from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University (SBU) showed that local populations of winter flounder are...

Ancient Human Skulls Show Evidence Of Prevalent Inbreeding
2013-03-19 15:25:55

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Although it is considered completely taboo in most modern societies, an ancient human skull found in northern China suggests inbreeding could have been prevalent among ancient peoples around 100,000 years ago, according to a report in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The skull — which was found at Xujiayao, a mountainous excavation site several hundred miles from the Mongolian border — contained an enlarged parietal...

Mountain Lion Kittens Discovered To Be Product Of Inbreeding
2012-08-03 16:52:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In what should have been a happy occasion, the celebration of twin mountain lions´ birth, officials with the National Park Service were tempered by the discovery that two kittens -- a male and female -- are the second documented case of inbreeding at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. According to officials, the two kittens, called Puma 23 and 24, are likely the product of a father lion that mated with his female...

2011-02-14 14:40:09

Researchers using DNA microarrays to diagnose developmental disabilities or congenital anomalies in children may unexpectedly identify that some have been conceived through incest. This raises social and legal issues that institutions and the scientific community must address, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a report that appears in the current issue of the journal Lancet. "We have discussed these issues with legal and ethics experts at Baylor and Texas Children's...

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2010-05-03 11:31:00

New research suggests that Charles Darwin's family was a living human example of a theory that he developed about plants: that inbreeding could negatively affect the health and number of resulting offspring. Darwin was married to his first cousin, Emma Wedgwood. They had 10 children, but three died before age 10, two from infectious diseases. And three of the six surviving children with long-term marriages did not produce any offspring "“ a "suspicious" sign, researchers say, that these...

2009-06-30 09:09:22

Avoidance of inbreeding is evident amongst humans, and has been demonstrated in some shorebirds, mice and sand lizards. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology now report that it also occurs in a strictly monogamous species of bird, suggesting that the black-legged kittiwake possesses the ability to choose partners with a very different genetic profile.The study, led by Richard H. Wagner from the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology of the Austrian Academy of...

2009-04-15 18:01:55

A genetic study suggests inbreeding led to the demise of Spain's powerful Hapsburg dynasty, Spanish scientists said. The Hapsburgs ruled a global empire from 1516 until the death of Spain's King Charles II in 1700. Gonzalo Alvarez of Spain's University of Santiago de Compostela said generations of intermarriage left the king unable to provide an heir, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. The study, published in the journal Public Library of Science, found that nine out of 11 Hapsburg...

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2009-04-15 10:13:22

The powerful Habsburg dynasty ruled Spain and its empire from 1516 to 1700 but when King Charles II died in 1700 without any children from his two marriages, the male line died out and the French Bourbon dynasty came to power in Spain. Reporting in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE, April 15, Gonzalo Alvarez and colleagues at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, provide genetic evidence to support the historical evidence that the high frequency of inbreeding (mating...

2009-02-10 17:55:50

A tenant of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man accused of using his daughter as a sex slave, is offering tourists a chance to stay in his apartment. Anton Kraushofer hopes to get about $1,000 a night and has put the apartment on eBay, The Sun reports. Kraushofer told the British tabloid he got the idea after learning hotels in Sankt Polten, where Fritzl is to be tried, are already fully reserved for the five-day proceedings. The building, which includes seven apartments, a pizzeria and a shoe...

2008-12-23 10:20:00

Laws banning marriage between first cousins are based on outdated assumptions about a high degree of genetic risk, New Zealand and U.S. researchers said. In an opinion article published in the journal PLoS Biology, Hamish Spencer of the University of Otago in New Zealand and Diane Paul of Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology, write that laws against cousin marriage are ill-advised. Neither the scientific nor social assumptions behind such legislation stand up to close scrutiny, Spencer...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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