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June 25, 2008

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dearieme

I saw a genetics posting a few months ago - on Gene Expression, I dare say, or Dienekes. If memory serves, it revealed that the women of Southern China are easily distinguished from those of Northern China by mitochondrial DNA. The men, however, are indistinguishable by y-chromosome DNA. The obvious explanation - and very possibly the true one - is that at some point Northern men invaded the south, killed virtually all the men, and took the women. I dare say that the like has happened repeatedly in human history; there are surely comparable stories in the bible, or there's the tale of the Sabine women. It's a grim business, though, to think that it's being enacted now, only a few thousand miles away. Or are this lot killing the women too?

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