Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Blue-eyed Boy

This is pretty cool. Blue eyes are really new in our genetic history, just 6-10,000 years old. We can be traced back to a single genetic mutation that turned off the brown eyes that had heretofore been all humans had ever known. According to the article, all other eye colors, from brown to green, can be attributed to the amount of melanin in the iris, but only us lucky blue-eyes have an absolute lack of melanin there. I guess that's why albinos have blue eyes as well. Funny that one genetic switch was able to change our eyes but not our skin or hair levels.

(from Long Now)

1 comment:

dan said...

Jeremy
Found you via Worldchanging alex steggen blog and Paul Raven blogpost about micronations and your name as staff member of his post blog team. Cool. I was in japan 1991-96. WOrked at Daily Yomiuri. Loved it. Five years in Tokyo. Now in Taiwan.

Wonder if you could post about my new project of polar cities? Or how to contact Paul about this? see news info here:

http://pcillu101.blogspot.com

or email me

danbloom GMAIL

domo domo

do you ever blog for Paul Raven blog?

love your Japan stories. Memories!