Friday, February 01, 2008

The Blue Eyes of Jordan...

I came across an interesting article about the fact that people with blue eyes all come from the same common ancestor. In the article below, they talk about a research study that has been done with people in Denmark, Turkey, and JORDAN. How interesting. They looked at mitochondrial DNA of blue-eyed people in the three countries and found that all of them were from the same mutation between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago. So, I guess maybe people aren't as foolish as they sound when they say that El 3atal and I look like siblings!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22934464/wid/11915773?GT1=10815

Happy Blue Eyes!

11 Comments:

At 2:45 PM , Anonymous Bakkouz said...

What about green eyed people, such as the bakkouz? :P

 
At 2:57 PM , Blogger Qabbani said...

ha?? Jordan , whatever :D

am Syrian i don't care much we have enough blue-eyes there :D

 
At 7:42 PM , Blogger Firas said...

Remember the crusaders?

 
At 9:13 PM , Blogger Jad said...

Interesting

Firas, Crusaders is a new thingy, the research talking about 6,000 and 10,000.

 
At 9:36 PM , Blogger MommaBean said...

Bakkouz, that's actually what El 3atal asked (his eyes are green too). But, in the article, it actually said that prior to the mutation there were only brown (dark) eyes.

Q, I imagine there are blue eyes pretty much everywhere around the world these days.

Firas, in fact I remember the crusaders with grave embarassment :(. But at least they left some people with unusual eyes, teehee.

Jad, indeed.

 
At 12:35 AM , Blogger UmmFarouq said...

I knew that there was truth to my philosophy that I come from a long line of mutants!

 
At 3:05 PM , Anonymous Ziad d. said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing that! 2 years ago I participated in National Geographic's Genographic Project (https://www3.nationalgeographic.com/genographic/). I was both amazed and intrigued to learn the pattern my ancestors had taken through out history, as they settled in various locations 10,000 years ago. I was also surprized to learn that I shared common genes with people from Italy, Germany, and Central Asia (my family being 'originally' from Bethlehem.)
It opened my eyes! It also changed my presepective as to how we are all related on this Earth. It is one thing to hear it from mentors and other people (from a politically correct point of view,) and it is completely different to experience it on a personal level with scientific evidence to back it up.
If more people participated, they may spend less time finding ways to hurt each other, and start working on family reunions on a global scale! :)
~sorry for the long comment! I know it is slightly off-topic as well.

 
At 8:30 AM , Blogger MommaBean said...

Umm Farouq, you and me both...

Ziad, thank so much for your comment. I actually found it to be exactly on point with what I was trying to say. It's interesting to know that you've done a similar project about genes and familial roots. I'm so glad you shared your experience with us. And, indeed, would that we all spent time learning how we're alike rather than trying to find ways we are different.

 
At 1:01 PM , Blogger Jad said...

Zaid,
I want to participate in NG-IBM program but I'm not sure how it would work since they have to ship the kit to Jordan and then I have to send it back.

 
At 10:17 PM , Blogger PŕōuđPāŀĩ said...

wow! im half jordanian and half turkish YET i am a mutant with green eyes lol (which i find is a blessing since im not all that gaga over blue eyes)

what was the mutation exactly?

 
At 1:43 PM , Blogger MommaBean said...

Proud, interesting half one thing half another, but wholly unique :). And as for the mutation, I have no idea... Don't ask me about the science, I hope the scientists know, teehee. (After all, I only read the news-lite and find these articles).

 

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