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|Breaking Ginger News||10/26/07|
|Neanderthals 'were flame-haired'|
Neanderthal genetics is revealing surprises
Some Neanderthals were probably redheads, a DNA study has shown.
Writing in Science journal, a team of researchers extracted DNA from remains of two Neanderthals and retrieved part of an important gene called MC1R.
In modern people, a change - or mutation - in this gene causes red hair, but, until now, no one knew what hair colour our extinct relatives had.
By analysing a version of the gene in Neanderthals, scientists found that they also have sported fiery locks.
"We found a variant of MC1R in Neanderthals which is not present in modern humans, but which causes an effect on the hair similar to that seen in modern redheads," said lead author Carles Lalueza-Fox, assistant professor in genetics at the University of Barcelona.
Though once thought to have been our ancestors, the Neanderthals are now considered by many to be an evolutionary dead end.
They appear in the fossil record about 400,000 years ago and, at their peak, these squat, physically powerful hunters dominated a wide range spanning Britain and Iberia in the west, Israel in the south and Siberia in the east.
Our own species, Homo sapiens, evolved in Africa, and displaced the Neanderthals after entering Europe about 40,000 years ago. The last known evidence of Neanderthals comes from Gibraltar and is dated to between 28,000 and 24,000 years ago.
Until relatively recently, scientists could turn only to fossils in order to learn what Neanderthals were like. But recent pioneering work has allowed scientists to study DNA from their bones.
In Neanderthals, there was probably the whole range of hair colour we see today in modern European populations, from dark to blond right through to red
Dr Carles Lalueza-Fox
Genetics could shed light on aspects of Neanderthal biology that are not preserved in fossils. These include external appearance - such as hair, skin and eye colour - cell chemistry and perhaps even cognitive ability.
This will help scientists address key questions, such as why we inherited the Earth and not them.
Genes for skin colour and hair colour are obvious early targets for scientists engaged in these efforts.
In modern people from equatorial areas, dark skin and hair is needed to guard against skin cancer caused by strong UV radiation from the Sun.
By contrast, pale skin - along with red or blond hair - appears to be the product of lower levels of sunlight present in areas further from the equator such as Europe.
"Once you go out of Africa, the selective pressure from UV radiation disappears. So any mutation that falls into the MC1R gene is allowed to survive and spread through a population," said Dr Lalueza-Fox, speaking at the Climate and Humans conference in Murcia, Spain.
But people with fair skin are able to generate more vitamin D, which may have given them an evolutionary advantage in northern regions.
The latest research suggests that similar adaptations were evolved independently by Neanderthals and modern Europeans in response to similar environmental circumstances.
All humans carry the MC1R gene, but modern redheads possess an altered, or mutated, version of it.
This rare variant doesn't work as effectively as more common forms of the gene. This loss of function alters the chemistry of the cell, producing red hair and pale skin.
In the latest study, the authors retrieved fragments of the MC1R sequence from Neanderthal bones found at Monte Lessini in Italy and from remains unearthed at El Sidron cave in northern Spain. DNA is notoriously difficult to obtain from very old specimens such as these.
"This was a bit like finding a needle in a genomic haystack. I couldn't believe we found it the first time. I asked my friends to repeat the results. Eventually the variant was found in two separate Neanderthals in three different labs," said Dr Lalueza-Fox.
The researchers found that Neanderthals carried a unique variant of the gene not present in modern humans.
Until now, information on hair colour has been sparse
In order to test what effect it had on hair and skin colour, the researchers inserted the Neanderthal variant into a human cell called a melanocyte.
Melanocytes produce the dark pigment called melanin which gives skin, hair and eyes their colour.
The researchers saw the same loss of function in the Neanderthal form of MC1R as they did in modern variants of the gene which produce red hair.
"In Neanderthals, there was probably the whole range of hair colour we see today in modern European populations, from dark to blond right through to red," Dr Lalueza-Fox told the BBC News website.
To Dr Lalueza-Fox, the observation that the Neanderthal version of the gene is not found in modern humans suggests they did not interbreed with each other, as some scientists have proposed.
Dr Clive Finlayson, director of the Gibraltar Museum, commented: "It's extremely interesting - it makes us understand a bit more about who the Neanderthals were.
"It suggests there may be a propensity towards the reduction of melanin in populations away from the tropics. If the Neanderthal and modern variants are different, it may be a good example of parallel, or convergent evolution - a similar evolutionary response to the same situation."
"Neanderthal genetics is going to give us a lot more information. This is the tip of the iceberg."
In a separate study, published in the journal Current Biology, Dr Lalueza-Fox and colleagues extracted the DNA sequence for a gene called FoxP2 from Neanderthals.
Modern people have several changes in this gene that are absent in our relatives the chimpanzees. This suggests that FoxP2 may have been an important gene in the evolution of language, something which separates us from the great apes.
The researchers found that Neanderthals shared these key mutations in FoxP2 with modern humans, suggesting they had some of the prerequisites for language and speech.
An ongoing project to sequence the entire Neanderthal genome was recently hit by the discovery that samples had been contaminated with modern human DNA.
|The Chemistry of Ginger Hair||10/12/07|
| All colours and hues of hair are made up of three distinct proponents. |
is the outermost layer, which like the cover of a cable or wire, protects the hair from the weather.
is the heart and soul of the hair. This is where the colour and texture of the hair is determined - where the pigments and oil pockets that generate the sheen and condition of the hair are hidden.
is the innermost core of the hair. This is where the body and strength of the hair is determined.
Hair is basically made up of protein and moisture.
There are 21 Amino Acids in hair protein and they account for round about 80% of the weight of the hair.
Moisture is in the remaining part of the hair, apart for about 15% of Fatty Acids.
There are trace elements making up less than 1% of your Red hair and these particles provide a real indicator of the health of the person. Within these trace elements a doctor can ascertain a lack of certain vital minerals and suggest a new diet to rectify any deficiency.
As many as 25 elements have been isolated in hair strands, including gold and aluminium.
Red Hair grows at the average rate of .35 millimetres a day, round about an inch every six weeks.
If you?re in the mood, you can just keep growing your hair - but be warned, once it reaches about 4 feet long, it tends to stop.
Redhair is Red because of a blending of Eumelanin and Pheomelanin. Although the main chemical in any pigment is a complex iron compound called Trichosiderin. From 100 grams of Redhair, only 40 milligrams of Trichosiderin is found. The Trichosiderin changes the colour make-up of hair, giving it the rich, attractive tint that we know and love as Auburn.
|Hardy Ginger Roots||10/12/07|
|We, The Gingerheaded are a hardy, resourceful band. |
The Gene we carry has been passed down to us from The Picts, the original inhabitants of Caledonia, modern day Scotland.
The Picts were a potent mix of warrior and artist, The Dominant Gene coursed through their veins. Their reputation as an unpredictable, spontaneous race was the mortar in the bricks of Hadrian?s Wall.
The Picts legacy lives on in Scotland and Ireland today.
Their Stone Circles and Sculptures stud the barren landscapes, giving rhyme and reason to some of the most inhospitable pieces of earth on these islands. The Roman Legions, used to dealing with a cowering, subservient opponent, were caught unaware by the sheer fury of The Picts, their Ginger hair glinting and sparkling against the Caledonian sun. The Roman Empire ground to a halt at Berwick and all points North.
|Ginger Extremists Fight Back||10/12/07|
|Mr Damian released from Ginger Bondage |
After nearly three months imprisonment at the hands of self confessed "Ginger Extremists" we are proud to announce that Mr Damian is now a free man.
The satirist and occasional merchant banker was last seen being bundled into the back of a Vauxhall Astra after claiming in an online exclusive that Italy was to call for the banning of ginger people.
A spokesman for the Italian Government later told us that this announcement was "a little premature, a problem I understand Mr Damian has suffered from before."
Another spokesman, who didn't which to be named, but who's real name is Umberto Echo, who works for the Ministry of Loafers, told us that the story was "not totally lacking in accuracy and facts of any description."
However this didn't stop a bunch of ginger loons from holding Mr Damian hostage, forcing him to watch endless videos by the red-headed Julia Roberts and exposing him to hard core pornography featuring only Ginger people.
Understandably, the man cracked. And he is now a fully fledged Ginger convert.
We can't blame him,
|Replys to Goverment Anti-Gingerism||10/12/07|
|Ginger Whingers Fight Back - But Are They Right To Do So? |
In January 2005 Mr Damian revealed that: "Italy has called for Ginger people to be banned after research scientists discovered that Ginger people were found to be up to 50% more ugly than those who were non-ginger."
For some time this has been the most popular story in our archives, but now the Ginger people are fighting back. This week one reader wrote:
"WHY DON'T YOU JUST FUCK OFF AND DIE
IM FED UP WITH PRICKS LIKE YOU TAKING THE PISS OUT OF PEOPLE WITH GINGER HAIR, DO YOU EVER THINK ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF KIDS GETTING BULLIED, SELF HARMING AND ATEMPTING SUICIED EVERY DAY BECAUSE OF THE CONSTANT ABUSE THEY GET.
LIFE IS HARD ENOUGH WITH MP'S, TAXES AND KNOB HEAD CRIMINALS.
IT MAY SEEM LIKE HARMLESS FUN TO PEOPLE LIKE YOU BUT WHEN I WAS GROWING UP I THOUGHT ABOUT KILLING MY SELF BECAUSE OF THIS KIND OF BULLSHIT. I HOPE I NEVER HAVE THE CHANCE TO MEET YOU.
A PISSED OFF MAN."
Whilst another commented:
"I just read ur article and im a red head. I think this article is a load of shit!!! I am a 20 yr old student hu has never had any problems wiv pullin the ladies!
So why don't u take this shit off the net it is not at all nice to people with red hair, having red hair is better than being brown or black, or any other colour that the majority of the world has it is a case of us being unique and people need to recognise that guys n gals wiv red hair are proud of it and that girls or guys love red hair as much as ya plain and boring browns n blacks.
If you was any kind of decent person you would remove this load of bollocks because at the end of the day it is as bad as being racist against black people so think carefully about that and make a wise choice!!!!!!!"
|Secret Goverment Anti-Gingerism||10/12/07|
|Official: Ginger people are more ugly |
Italy has called for Ginger people to be banned after research scientists discovered that Ginger people were found to be up to 50% more ugly than those who were non-ginger.
Ginger people and red heads across the country were studied in secret over a two year period by highly qualified boffins. As a result of this clandestine research they were able to reveal that ginger people were less likely to be found sexually attractive by the opposite sex and that more often than not their eyes were too close together.
Researchers also found that people were less likely to make eye contact with a ginger person and might even cross the road in order to avoid the likelihood of them being infected with ?Gingivitis? a medical condition which turns your gums ginger.
The Italian Minister for the Inferior, Bilbao Baggio called for tighter controls on ginger people after it was also revealed that they were more likely to be long term unemployed and less likely to pro-create.
"We are a Catholic country," he told us, ?and if people are unable to produce masses of healthy offspring we need to consider their usefulness.?
"We need to ensure that ginger levels are reduced and that it vanishes from our environment."
Reassuringly Scientists didn?t find any correlation between eating ginger and being ginger
One Italian TV News channel showed footage of people leaving a nightclub screaming when well known Ginger Lothario Mick Hucknell entered the building, and a survey by pollsters BerniGov showed that 72% of the public were worried about the Italian gene pool being contaminated by ginger genes.
In Tuscany, 28% of all children produced in the last two years were above European Union limits for Gingerness, one report claimed, resulting in Thomas Verdi of the National Association of Consumer Advice Centre calling for all Ginger men and women to be have their sperm and eggs screened for abnormally high levels of gingerness before they were allowed to have children.
Chris got ugly with us ? it wasn?t hard
Ugly ginger people around the world have begun protesting against what they see as yet further discrimination against them. British TV and Radio star Chris Evans called us and said ?I?m Ginger, and I?m proud of it. Would anybody dare call me ugly??
Mr Damian did, and as a result we have had to take out a restraining order against the copper knobbed has-been.
|Understanding the Ginge||10/12/07|
|"Fuck off; I'm ginger!"|
No, not me. These, in fact, were the words that introduced me to the plight of red-heads who, unbeknownst to me, are being ground by the heel of society while us brunettes, blondes and balds all get away prejudice free.
In his BBC documentary, Dan Wright (comedian and 'little cook') exposes the world of 'gingerism' in discussions with Charlie Clements (Bradley in East Enders) and Jennie McAlpine (Fizz in Corrie). It was all rather light-hearted and the conclusion, roughly speaking, was that gingers could find refuge in Scotland or America, where they are celebrated figures.
If that sounds a bit too much like ethnic cleansing, let's not forgot the fundamental problem behind ginger-phobia and other similar problems. It's when someone who uses the term 'ginger' is corrected; "I'm not ginger, I'm a red-head..."
The very moment you claim red-headedness and deny gingerness is the very moment you expose a very potent problem... you're embarrassed about your hair colour. If I was swimming and someone pointed out my third nipple, I'd do the sensible thing - accept the fact that the nipple-coloured, nipple-shaped protrusion that lives below and to the left of my standard pair is, in fact, a third nipple.
I don't protest. I don't give it another name (not even the Chandler Bing coined phrase, "nubbin"). I don't try to cover it up with a giant plaster and claim I got bitten by a dog. I have three nipples and I'm perfectly happy. Because of this, nothing more is said.
Now, had I tried an elaborate cover up, I would to this day have been nicknamed 'Scaramonger' or 'triple-nipple' or some other fantastic and self-image-destroying moniker. However, an honest dismissive attitude towards the abhorration on my chest means immunity to jibes.
This leads us onto the other problem. Unwarranted pride.
Going back to the nipple analogy, while I'm not embarrassed by the little fella, I haven't reached the level of pride in it that would make me strip off at parties and point it out to anyone who'll listen. What I'm getting at here, in Shakespearian terms, is a firm case of 'methinks Ginger doth protest too much'.
Possibly making both mistakes is Simon Cheetham, creative ginger behind www.redandproud.com - a website dedicated to red-pride. Speaking on The One Show (BBC) Simon said, "If you haven't got red hair you can trivialise it and say 'well come on get over it'..." a statement followed up very swiftly and succinctly by Bonnie Langford (I couldn't have put this better myself) "You are what you are, come on, get over it!".
So come on, ginger people everywhere, chin-up - be proud, but not too proud! It's only a hair colour, not a disability.
|Tim's Ginger BB Poem||10/12/07|
|Tim nice, but so dim, |
shame of his gingerness made him buy a black tin.
He rubbed it in but fooled nobody,
we saw the ginger all over his body.
Came the day to declare his true colour,
Dermot cried foul, GINGER IS YOUR COLOUR!
|Big Brother Anti Gingerism||10/12/07|
|I've been checking statistics and I've found out that not ONE single ginger person has won Big brother |
I think we have a blatant case of gingerism
That is a FACT !!!
BB1-NO ginger winner
BB2-NO ginger winner
BB3-NO ginger winner
BB4-NO ginger winner
BB5-NO ginger winner
BB6-NO ginger winner
CBB1-NO ginger winner
CBB2-NO ginger winner
The facts speak for themselves!
PLUS remember how Sissy and John McCririck were voted out.JUST because they were GINGER.
Let's not to forget about Jason and Tim....who felt he had to CONCEAL his gingerness!
Some of those "ginger watch" segments in BBLB that focused on tim was some of the most blatant anti-gingerisim I've ever had the misfortune to witness.