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Chinese, Pakistani, and Indian news media reported Osama bin Laden dead as early as 2002. This was briefly discussed on CNN several years on, and reports of his alleged death (either through natural, peaceful means, or by way of assassination) have surfaced numerous times since he became such a household name on September 11th, 2001. Quite obviously, his existence legitimized the so-called “War on Terror” for the better part of a decade. He was, once upon a time, incredibly useful to Neoconservative scare-tacticians. Now that bin Laden is pronounced dead (never mind a trial, let alone an autopsy), I predict the familiar snap of a false flag on the horizon. Zionists in D.C. and Tel Aviv will prove incredibly swift to blame “those who hate our freedom”, thereby justifying the ruthless pursuit of their next regional ambitions. A nuclear strike on Iran? Another tour in Lebanon? Devouring untold hectares of what remains of Palestine? A showdown with Turkey? Libya? Jordan? Egypt? All of the above, for “Greater Israel“? Meanwhile, we are casually assured that Osama bin Laden’s remains have been “buried at sea” — “in accordance with Muslim traditions”? Right — because the dismal caliber of men who celebrate the criminal ambush and assassination of their convenient “devil” are suddenly quite sensitive when it comes to the question of religious customs and due reverence in matters of burial. How god damned ignorant and indifferent must the world be to swallow any angle of this tired farce? Who is more detestable? The deceivers, or the gullible? -W.

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Another fine dispatch from Mr. Anthony Lawson. -W.

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I hope my regular readers will take the time to explore the outstanding new National Vanguard site. There isn’t a weak or superfluous article to be found there, and it is precisely the kind of high-quality work which deserves our attention and enduring support. Please visit National Vanguard and tell friends and family to do the same. -W.

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Human DNA : Surprisingly Diverse
Agençe France-Presse
23 November 2006
Source: www.abc.net.au

New investigations into the code for life suggest the assumption that humans are genetically almost identical is wide off the mark, and the implications could be resounding.

Current thinking, inspired by the results five years ago from the Human Genome Project, is that the 6 billion humans alive today are 99.9% similar when it comes to genetic content and identity.

But research published today in the journal Nature suggests we are genetically more diverse.

The repercussions could be far-reaching for medical diagnosis, new drugs and the tale of human evolution itself, the researchers say.

Until now, analysis of the genome has focused overwhelmingly on comparing differences, or polymorphisms, in the patterns of single letters in the chemical code for making and sustaining human life.

But an international consortium of scientists has taken a different tack and believes it has uncovered a complex, higher-order variation in the code.

This better explains why some individuals are vulnerable to certain diseases and respond well to specific drugs, while others swiftly fall sick or never respond to treatment, the authors believe.

Their focus has been to dig out deletions or duplications of code among relatively long sequences of individual DNA and then compare these so-called copy number variations (CNVs) across a range of volunteers of different ancestry.

The researchers were astonished to locate 1,447 CNVs in nearly 2,900 genes, or around one eighth of the human genetic code.

“Each one of us has a unique pattern of gains and losses of complete sections of DNA,” says Dr Matthew Hurles of the UK’s Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, one of the project’s partners.

“One of the real surprises of these results was just how much of our DNA varies in copy number. We estimate this to be at least 12% of the genome.

“The copy number variation that researchers had seen before was simply the tip of the iceberg, while the bulk lay submerged, undetected. We now appreciate the immense contribution of this phenomenon to genetic differences between individuals.”

Some of the missing or duplicated stretches are very long, suggesting that, like backroom switches in a protein factory, CNVs must have a big impact on gene expression.

Genetic diseases

Nearly 16% of genes that are known to be related to disease have CNVs, the group found.

These include genes involved in rare genetic disorders such as DiGeorge, Williams-Beuren and Prader-Willi syndromes and those linked with schizophrenia, cataracts, spinal muscular atrophy and atherosclerosis.

But kidney disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and vulnerability to malaria and HIV, which recent research has blamed on single-letter variations in the gene code, may also well be rooted in CNVs, the scientists believe.

“The stage is set for global studies to explore anew … the clinical significance of human variation,” say Professor Huntington Willard and Dr Kevin Shianna of the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy at Duke University in North Carolina, in a review of the research.

How about evolution?

Evolution is another area that will come under new scrutiny.

The Out of Africa scenario, by which Homo sapiens emerged from east Africa and spread around the globe, will not be challenged, though. [Sacred cow?]

Our origins are so recent that the vast majority of CNVs, around 89%, was found to be shared among the 269 people who volunteered blood as samples for the study.

These individuals included Japanese people from Tokyo, Han Chinese from Beijing, Yoruba from Nigeria and Americans of northern and western European ancestry.

All the same, there are widespread differences in CNVs according to the three geographical origins of the samples.

This implies that, over the past 200,000 years or so, subtle variants have arisen in the genome to allow different populations of humans to adapt to their different environments, according to scientists at Wellcome Trust Sanger.

The research is based on two technical advances — one in faster, accurate sequencing of DNA and the other in a powerful software programme to spot the CNVs.

[Only egalitarians find biological diversity in humankind to be “surprising.” I suspect the rest of us find this 11-12% to be significant — especially when compared to what we’ve been taught in recent decades. Something tells me the deeper we dig, and the more sober our perspectives, the more variation/distinction we are bound to discover in time. In my view, that is something to celebrate.-W.]

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[Thanks to T.W. for bringing this article to my attention. -W.]

Humans Not Genetically Identical
September 25, 2010
Source: www.articlesafari.com

What’s previously been taught is that of the 6 billion or so people on the planet, we all share 99.9% of each others genes and identity. These results came from the Human Genome Project 5 years ago and are now assumed to be very much wrong. Today, research was published in the journal Nature and ABC Science News reports that we are genetically more varied than what was once assumed.

The analysis of the genome has been focused mainly on comparing differences, or ‘polymorphisms’, in the patterns of single letters in the chemical code for making and sustaining human life. But now, a group scientists from around the globe have come from a different angle and believe they have uncovered a complex, higher-order variation in the code.

This large difference in code between individuals can now explain why some people are vulnerable to certain diseases and respond well to certain drugs, while others fall sick quickly or never respond to treatment.

What the scientists have been doing is digging out deletions or duplications of code among relatively long sequences of individual DNA and then comparing these ‘copy number variations’ (CNVs) across a range of volunteers of diverse ancestry.

The researchers were stunned that they were able to locate 1,447 copy number variations in nearly 2,900 genes, which is about one eighth of the human genetic code.

Dr Matthew Hurles from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the UK is one of the project’s partners and says that “Each one of us has a unique pattern of gains and losses of complete sections of DNA. One of the real surprises of these results was just how much of our DNA varies in copy number. We estimate this to be at least 12% of the genome.”

The group found that almost 16% of genes that are known to be related to disease have these copy number variations. The diseases involved include rare genetic disorders like DiGeorge (caused by the deletion of a piece of chromosome number 22), Williams-Beuren (otherwise known as ‘Pixieism’) and Prader-Willi syndromes and those linked with schizophrenia, cataracts, spinal muscular atrophy and atherosclerosis.

But kidney disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and vulnerability to malaria and HIV, which recent research has blamed on single-letter variations in the gene code, may also well be rooted in CNVs, the scientists believe.

Consequences of this recent research could benefit medical diagnosis and new drugs.

Aside: What is DNA?

DNA is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions for the biological development of a cellular form of life or a virus. All known cellular life and some viruses have DNA. DNA is a long polymer of nucleotides (a polynucleotide) that encodes the sequence of amino acid residues in proteins, using the genetic code.

DNA is responsible for the genetic propagation of most inherited traits. In humans, these traits range from hair color to disease susceptibility. The genetic information encoded by an organism’s DNA is called its genome.

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Chomsky Signs Petition to Free Prominent Revisionist
September 17th, 2010
Source: Rue 89

A petition to free Vincent Reynouard, a French revisionist who is serving a prison sentence for his research, and to abrogate the Gayssot Act, was initiated by two academics (Paul-Eric Blanrue and Jean Bricmontin) in opposition to the efforts of the Jewish/Zionist Lobby. The petition has so far been signed by 1,000 people. The initiators are proud that it carries Noam Chomsky’s support. His letter of support reads as follows:

“I understand that Vincent Reynouard has been condemned and jailed under the Gayssot law, and that a petition is being circulated in protest against these actions. I know nothing about Mr. Reynouard, but regard the Gayssot law [which restricts free speech and punishes academic inquiry] as entirely illegitimate, inconsistent with the basic principles of a free society as these have been understood since the Enlightenment.

The law in effect grants the state the right to determine historical truth and to punish departure from its edicts […] If the justification of the Gayssot law is to ban “horrendous views”, or to protect the right to “live free from fear of an atmosphere” of prejudice and racism, then it should be obvious that, if such laws were applied impartially, they would criminalize a vast range of public discourse, which, however despicable one may find it, should certainly be permitted in a free society, and indeed is, with no question being raised.

Accordingly, I would like to register my support for the petition protesting the application of this law in this (or any) case.
September, 5th 2010.”

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