Scientist: All Blue Eyed People Are Related

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  1. White Rain

    White Rain Active Member

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    So...who all on here is kin to me then?


    If you've got blue eyes, shake the hand of the nearest person who shares your azure irises: He or she may be a distant cousin.
    Danish researchers have concluded that all blue-eyed people share a common ancestor, presumably someone who lived 6,000 to 10,000 years ago.
    "Originally, we all had brown eyes," Professor Hans Eiberg of the University of Copenhagen said in a press release. "But a genetic mutation affecting the OCA2 gene in our chromosomes resulted in the creation of a 'switch,' which literally 'turned off' the ability to produce brown eyes."
    That "switch" — a simple change from "A," or adenine, to "G," or guanine, in the DNA — actually sits next to the OCA2 gene, which regulates the pigmentation of our eyes, hair and skin, and hence has only a limiting effect on it.
    If the mutation had completely deactivated OCA2, all blue-eyed people would be albinos. more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,327070,00.html
     
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  3. lkd-ga

    lkd-ga New Member

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    Hello, my long lost relative. I have blue eyes also.
     
  4. deanws

    deanws Former Member

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    Interesting article. I have green eyes. :crazy:
     
  5. Paladin

    Paladin Former Member

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    Boo. My eyes are hazel. So what does that make me?
     
  6. believe09

    believe09 Active Member

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    Six degrees of separation, or six degrees of Kevin Bacon...i want some of the grant money these folks get for this stuff, lol...
     
  7. Moe

    Moe New Member

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    Nice to meet ya cuz!
     
  8. Amraann

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    I was going to say ..... almost the same ... my eyes are green BUT I have two blue eyed children and 2 brown eyed ones...
     
  9. Paladin

    Paladin Former Member

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    The weird (my wife thinks it's interesting) is that my eyes change colors depending on what I am wearing. If I'm wearing something blue, my eyes look more blue, if I'm wearing green or black, they look more green. Pretty neat I guess.
     
  10. deanws

    deanws Former Member

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    It makes you MY distant cousin. Not sure how you feel about that! ;) But I think you are a great poster!

    :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
     
  11. Amraann

    Amraann Former Member

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    I was told the same thing when I was younger But now they only stay green.
     
  12. deanws

    deanws Former Member

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    Hey...somebody do a poll! I don't know how or I would do it. :)
     
  13. Elphaba

    Elphaba Defying Gravity...

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    Mine are green with a hint of blue... so... does that make me slightly kin... or just the red-headed step child, no body wants to claim? LoL
     
  14. Cypros

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    I'm a blue-eyed cousin!

    Actually, mtDNA studies show that all humans have a common ancestor ("Mitochondrial Eve") in Africa going back about 200,000 years ago. So we are ALL distant cousins. But it is interesting to learn that the blue eye evolved (or mutated) so late and was probably spread with the proto-Indo-European migrations.
     
  15. AmandaBrown23

    AmandaBrown23 Im just living among all the madness

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    Im also green eyed so where does that put me??
     
  16. deanws

    deanws Former Member

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    I love it!! Too funny! I think you have what most call hazel eyes. I do too! I just call them green instead hazel. :D
     
  17. panglossian

    panglossian Inactive

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    Blue with flecks of gold. here....the mailman?
     
  18. deanws

    deanws Former Member

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    Well...the milkman says that.......:crazy:
     
  19. Mygirlsadie

    Mygirlsadie New Member

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    I want to say hello to all my long lost relatives! :blowkiss: The song We are Family.... is playing in my head right now! Me and my bro. have deep dark blue eyes and our little brother has green..
     
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    close_enough Inactive

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    interesting...both my parents have blue eyes...i do also
     
  21. kk's mom

    kk's mom New Member

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    Hey cuz! Me too! Blue with flecks of gold........My family tells me when I get color from the sun, my eyes almost look gold alltogether! My daughter is a red-head and has brilliant blue eyes!
     

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