Sunday, January 20, 2008

Genes for race again

And it's reported in the NYT too! So it must be right! The finding that Polynesians (as in Hawaii) are unrelated to Melanesisans is a bit of a "grass is green" finding, though. Nobody who knows the first thing about Melanesians (e.g. New Guineans) would mistake one for the other. Among other things, the Melanesians are (as the name implies) quite black, whereas Polynesians are light brown. Excerpt below:

The ancestral relationships of people living in the widely scattered islands of the Pacific Ocean, long a puzzle to anthropologists, may have been solved by a new genetic study, researchers reported Thursday. In an analysis of the DNA of 1,000 individuals from 41 Pacific populations, an international team of scientists found strong evidence showing that Polynesians and Micronesians in the central and eastern islands had almost no genetic relationship to Melanesians, in the western islands like Papua New Guinea and the Bismarck and Solomons archipelagos.

The researchers also concluded that the genetic data showed that the Polynesians and Micronesians were most closely related to Taiwan Aborigines and East Asians. They said this supported the view that these migrating seafarers originated in Taiwan and coastal China at least 3,500 years ago.

The findings were described in the online journal Public Library of Science Genetics (www.plosgenetics.org) by researchers led by Jonathan S. Friedlaender, professor emeritus of biological anthropology at Temple University. He was assisted in the data analysis by his wife, FranĂ˜oise R. Friedlaender, an independent researcher. Other participants included scientists in the islands and at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in Marshfield, Wis. "Our analysis," the scientists wrote, "indicates the ancestors of Polynesians moved through Melanesia relatively rapidly and only intermixed to a very modest degree with the indigenous populations there." [i.e. they wiped the other guys out] ...

The new genetic research, said Patrick V. Kirch, an anthropologist at the University of California, Berkeley, who is an authority on Pacific cultures, was "overwhelming biological evidence for a clear population movement out of Southeast Asia and Taiwan to Polynesia." Dr. Kirch, who did not participate in the genetic study, said that it reinforced research showing that Polynesian speech patterns were unrelated to Melanesian languages, suggesting - along with discoveries of the distinctive Lapita pottery across the Pacific - links to Taiwan and China, not Melanesia. "The combination of evidence shows we really can read this history," he said.

In the research, scientists examined more than 800 genetic markers known to be useful in distinguishing the ancestry of people. These involved mitochondrial DNA, passed down through females, and the Y chromosomes in males. Previous investigations along these lines had been conducted on a much smaller scale, Dr. Friedlaender said. The new test results were repeatedly analyzed with a software program recently developed to classify genetic similarities and variations among different populations.

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An update here from Tim Blair about his sudden cancer diagnosis. It's pretty serious.

A heartening story here about New York governor Eliot Spitzer getting some of his own medicine.

Bidinotto has a good demolition of Ron Paul's simplistic foreign policy. Excerpt: "Just as I reject the liberal "excuse-making industry" that denies volition and rationalizes the acts of criminals, I am totally fed up with the disgraceful foreign-policy perspectives of those libertarians who portray the United States as the causal agent of every evil on earth -- thus rationalizing the atrocities of foreign terrorists and despots. Ron Paul has become the most visible exponent of that malignant view of America"

Obama has praised Reagan and the Left has gone bananas over it: "The episode is most telling, though, for what it says about the ancient mariners of the Democratic Party and how little they've changed. Supposedly Mr. Obama committed a grievous blunder by nodding at the achievement of one of the most consequential Presidencies of the 20th century. If the rest of the Democrats can't even recognize the same, it suggests that the change they have in mind is back to the 1960s and '70s."

What a crock! "Hillary Clinton never doubted her husband's Bill Clinton's love for her, despite the former president's affair with a White House intern. The former first lady, locked in a tight battle for the Democratic presidential nomination with Barack Obama, candidly revealed her inner torment after the infidelity, first reported 10 years ago. "I really had to dig down deep and think hard about what was right for me, what was right for my family,'' Senator Clinton said on the Tyra Banks talk show on Fox television. "I never doubted Bill's love for me, ever, and I never doubted my faith and my commitment to our daughter and our extended family. "But I had to decide what I ought to do, I think it is so important to be able to hear yourself at a moment when it is hard ... there are so many times when you really have to listen to yourself.'' [I am sure she does a LOT of listening to herself]

Anti-Christian Pentagon? "Liberal anti-religious sentiment toward conservative Christians is finding its way into the upper reaches of the Pentagon and the U.S. military, generally viewed in the past as conservative bastions. A recent example is the case of a senior aide to Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R. England who criticized a co-worker with impunity in disparaging Christians, a favorite target of left-liberal elites. Pentagon aide Hasham Islam remains a key adviser on Muslim affairs to Mr. England and faced no punishment or even criticism for recently calling Joint Staff counterterrorism analyst Stephen Coughlin a "Christian zealot with a pen" because of his views on the linkage between Islamic law and terrorism. There was no outcry in the press, as could be expected if the criticism had been reversed and Mr. Islam was called a Muslim zealot. The confrontation in a meeting several weeks ago led to Mr. Coughlin's firing."

New Lepers? : "I've had a huge response to Tuesday's column about The New York Times' obscene bid to smear veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan as mad killers. Countless readers seem to be wondering: Why did the paper do it? Well, in the Middle Ages, lepers had to carry bells on pain of death to warn the uninfected they were coming. One suspects that the Times would like our military veterans to do the same. The purpose of Sunday's instantly notorious feature "alerting" the American people that our Iraq and Afghanistan vets are all potential murderers when they move in next door was to mark those defenders of freedom as "unclean" - as the new lepers who can't be trusted amid uninfected Americans."

UK government toughening up? "Gordon Brown has brushed aside a chorus of protest to press ahead with plans to allow terror suspects to be locked up without charge for up to 42 days, leaked documents obtained by The Independent show. The Prime Minister's refusal to compromise leaves the Home Secretary facing a desperate struggle to avert Mr Brown's first Commons defeat. Up to 40 Labour MPs have vowed to oppose any extension of the current 28-day limit, already the longest in the Western world."

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1 comment:

sfw said...

Hello JR good post specially about the melanesians, however I lived in PNG for some time and while the northern island people are particularly black, the people around the southern coast are almost light brown in colour.