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[size=5][b]Teenage scientist builds DNA machine to find out why his brother has ginger hair[/b][/size]

He was determined to find a scientific explanation for the fact that his locks are straight and brown while his brother has ginger curls

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A teenager has won a top science award after he built a DNA testing machine
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Different dad, mom's a liar :p
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So what caused the mutated gene?

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It's an autosomal recessive trait, a mutation found in ~2% of humans bit higher than that in European lines. If mom & dad are both carriers but not redheads and they have 4 kids; 1 will be a redhead, 2 will be carriers and 1 will be unaffected.

The advantage of the mutation is that it allows a higher skin vitamin D production in those living at high latitudes. Downside is a higher skin cancer rate etc. at low latitudes.

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I bet when the father learned of his son's pursuit he was more than a little nervous about the results.

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[quote]A commercial model would cost

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[quote name='HawkMan' timestamp='1365336262' post='595622206']
add in time spent working on it and hit machine probably costs 6000
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And in experience & knowledge gained and what this has done for his future job prospects, it was time well spent.
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So we do have x-men in our midst, the ginger mutants

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[quote name='n_K' timestamp='1365337810' post='595622226']
And in experience & knowledge gained and what this has done for his future job prospects, it was time well spent.
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yeah, but that's irrelevant in the context the original article puts it as if he could be some revolution in making cheap DNA sequencers.

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[quote name='HawkMan' timestamp='1365339106' post='595622272']
yeah, but that's irrelevant in the context the original article puts it as if he could be some revolution in making cheap DNA sequencers.
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You really just don't understand science man.... just, don't go and try to preach about too much alright? There is a reason why other researchers are already looking at him and not you (or me for the matter)

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[quote name='DocM' timestamp='1365335492' post='595622190']
It's an autosomal recessive trait, a mutation found in ~2% of humans bit higher than that in European lines. If mom & dad are both carriers but not redheads and they have 4 kids; 1 will be a redhead, 2 will be carriers and 1 will be unaffected.

The advantage of the mutation is that it allows a higher skin vitamin D production in those living at high latitudes. Downside is a higher skin cancer rate etc. at low latitudes.
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I remember learning about this in 6th grade. :p

and these kids are teenagers.

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Off topic: I hate posed photos where they are pretending to be performing the task in question. Arrghhh!!!

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[quote name='Growled' timestamp='1365298075' post='595621628']
So what caused the mutated gene?
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The spirit of the individual, chooses characteristics before birth -- in other words it programs the genes.

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[quote name='Hum' timestamp='1365343323' post='595622372']
The spirit of the individual, chooses characteristics before birth -- in other words it programs the genes.
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Yeah. Except they have to be in the confines of what you could inherit from your biological parents. You can't have white parents and choose to be black, or vice versa. :rolleyes:


It's also too bad you can't choose not to have a life threatening disease or illness which will cause you great pain and suffering your entire life. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

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[quote name='Arceles' timestamp='1365342170' post='595622354']
You really just don't understand science man.... just, don't go and try to preach about too much alright? There is a reason why other researchers are already looking at him and not you (or me for the matter)
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I understand science, and what he did is impressive and he's possibly going to have a good career. though that can't be stated yet, careers aren't built from hobby projects. So far he just copied a commercial machine, good work, yes, impressive work, yes potentially carer making, yes.

BUT the article isn't about that, the article is about how his homebuilt machine is some great revolution that will lead to cheaper DNA sequencer, which it won't.

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[quote name='Hum' timestamp='1365343323' post='595622372']
The spirit of the individual, chooses characteristics before birth -- in other words it programs the genes.
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No. Just, no. There is no such thing as a 'spirit'.

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That thing costs less than a GTX Titan. I need to find a way to make the Titan sequence DNA now.

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Has his brother got ginger hair?

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[quote name='Hum' timestamp='1365343323' post='595622372']
The spirit of the individual, chooses characteristics before birth -- in other words it programs the genes.
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Got any proof of that? :p

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[quote name='Growled' timestamp='1365385411' post='595623512']
Got any proof of that? :p
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Any proof that it doesn't? ;)

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