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11/13/09
Am I a Neanderthal?

On occasion I work for Mechanical Turk.  I do HITs.  HITs are human intelligence tasks that can't be done by artificial intelligence.  I get paid a little now and then.  Today I worked for AccessDNA.  The questionnaire I filled out reminded me that I am a European Caucasian, my relatives had an aneurysm, colon cancer, anemia and depression, and I take a lot of meds.  AccessDNA is a useful site for people planning pregnancies, finding out what they're going to die from, who their father is or if they are indeed a father, and stuff like that.  There are lots of links for people who need help because of their genetic inheritance.  I have also received a promise that I will be notified of DNA souvenirs, gifts, and so on when and if they become available.  A report was generated on me, and I received the summary, which was frustrating and leaves me wondering if there was more.  For some reason the file was corrupted and I had to open it in Appleworks.

 But there was a link on that site that fascinated me.  A scientist is sequencing Neanderthal DNA and so far he concludes that Neanderthal and modern man interbred.  So Neanderthals probably contributed to our gene pool.  That would explain a lot.


Posted by oh5/ojhoff at 10:49 AM CST
Updated: 11/13/09 10:59 AM CST
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