10 Things You Never Knew About DNA [GIFS Inside]

Posted on August 19th, 2016

Alfred Drago Rens' collaborated series with The Public House of Art sees the artist use his identity as the genesis for an investigative look into his genealogical roots. Sometimes, understanding yourself is illuminated when you know who came before you. Alfred’s travels to flea markets far and wide, were spurred by his artistic practise in which he uses his imagination as the tool to transport black & white portraits into the colourful realm of the 21st century. We’ve been so inspired by Alfred’s creative journey that we’ve compiled some crazy facts about genetics that you might not be aware of. As a human race, we’re not so different from each other.

1. All humans develop a tail in the womb that eventually dissolves.

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2. Cheetahs were almost wiped out by the last ice-age. All modern cheetahs are descended from a small portion of the surviving cats that interbred to maintain their species. Because of this, cheetahs are practically genetic clones of one another.

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3. Elizabeth Taylor’s prominent dark outlined eyes were due to a rare genetic mutation giving her “double eyelashes.”

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4. One single group of 55 chimpanzees in West Africa has twice the genetic variability of all humans combined.

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5. The center of our galaxy Milky Way contains molecular precursors of DNA.

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6. Blue-eyed people most likely have a single, common ancestor, who had a genetic mutation between 10,000 and 6,000 years ago.

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7. According to evolutionary biologists, women are more attracted to men with a large jaw and prominent brow, which are shaped by high levels of testosterone. Alternatively, men are attracted to women with smaller chins and less prominent brows, which signal higher estrogen levels.

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8. Humans and cabbage share about 40-50% common DNA!

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9. Lefties constitute just 10% of the population; yet they make up 50% of elite athletes.

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10. Scientific studies have revealed that blushing helps ease hostile responses by communicating that a person is ashamed or apologetic. Humans are the only animals capable of blushing.

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