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Comment: OK, so, a technical question... (Score 1) 199

by Kythe (#48979559) Attached to: British MPs Approve 3-Parent Babies
To any biomed folks who might know this, I'd be interested in the details.

There doesn't seem to be much about "donor matching" in the article. Obviously, you don't want outright defective mitochondria used. HOWEVER, it also seems to me that the mitochondrial genome works in conjunction with the nuclear genome (especially since most mitochondrial genes have, over the millennia, migrated to the nucleus), and that matching between the two is relevant. In fact, there are prominent theorists who believe part of the reason we have mitochondria passed mainly from only one parent is to make sure of a mitochondria-nuclear genome match (at least, for half of the genome), and that this match is so critical that it helps to explain why females, who start off with several million potential eggs, wind up with a "top 200" for their reproductive lives.

What work has been done on this?

Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 1) 218

by Kythe (#48616245) Attached to: Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions
Taxes are at historical lows, especially among those most able to pay (the wealthiest, who have seen their wealth skyrocket while incomes of pretty much everyone else languishes).

Also, inflation is generally responsive to unemployment rates, rather than tax rates.

Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 1) 218

by Kythe (#48616231) Attached to: Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions
"the state never has to answer to the market" The parallels between a free market of companies, and a free market of candidates in a liberal democracy, are actually quite strong. When the former contaminates the latter, however (also known as "right wing utopia"), you can have serious problems.

Comment: Re:Whoa whoa whoa (Score 1) 642

by Kythe (#48404241) Attached to: Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games
Unfortunately, such feminists seem to be on the quiet side. Most of what seems to be heard from modern feminists--to say nothing of the SJWs--is as regards areas where women are perceived as being disadvantaged as compared with men. But it's radio silence when the opposite is true (or worse: open hostility towards those who raise issues where men are disadvantaged).

Ensuring women don't have fewer rights than men is a laudable goal, to be sure. But compared with supporting equality, it leaves out half of the equation. At one time, when women really could have been said to have been oppressed and had far fewer rights than men, such a position was probably justified. But in today's remarkably egalitarian society (if we're arguing over portrayal of the sexes in video games, you kind of have to admit we're down to details), things aren't quite so simple. And in my opinion, that is largely responsible for the serious image problem today's feminists seem to have.

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown