Saturday, May 05, 2007

mtDNA studies, PKD, and JFK.

  • It's a small world: the BBC has an article on the surprise discovery of Native American mitochondrial DNA in the UK:
    DNA testing has uncovered British descendents of Native Americans brought to the UK centuries ago as slaves, translators or tribal representatives.
    Genetic analysis turned up two white British women with a DNA signature characteristic of American Indians.
    An Oxford scientist said it was extremely unusual to find these DNA lineages in Britons with no previous knowledge of Native American ancestry.
    Thanks to Dienekes' Anthropology Blog for the link.
  • The New York Times has a piece on Philip K. Dick. It's rather what you'd expect a New York Times article on PKD to be.
  • Juicy conspiracy theory nibbles from Saint John Hunt, son of E. Howard Hunt. According to the Saint John, his dad was indeed involved in the Kennedy assassination:
    Hunt was first made aware of what his father knew about the events of November 22nd 1963 when he came into receipt of hand-written memos that outlined the birth of the plot to kill JFK in Miami where it was discussed that a coup needed to take place in order to topple Kennedy and save the CIA from being splintered into a thousand pieces, as JFK had promised.
    Saint John then opened his mailbox one January morning in 2004 to discover an unlabeled cassette tape on which his father details the identity of the individuals that were involved in the actual assassination of JFK.

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