Adermatoglyphia is an extremely rare medical condition which causes a person to have no fingerprints. There are only four known extended families worldwide which are affected by this condition.
Recently, the description of a case of a person from Switzerland lacking fingerprints as an isolated finding was published. The phenotype was mapped to chromosome 4q22. In the splice-site of a 3’ exon of the gene for SMARCAD1-helicase, a point mutation was detected. It results in a shortened form of the skin-specific protein. The heterozygous mode of mutation suggests an autosomal dominant mode of inheritance.
Other conditions can cause a lack of fingerprints, but unlike them, adermatoglyphia has no other side effects. Mutations in helicases are involved in other rare genetic diseases, for instance Werner syndrome.
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— … said the city will announce arrests and criminal charges on Wednesday in a major international hacking case that spans from Russia to New York.
Holy crap! They got arrested for the same vulnerability that I found. I even tweeted about it a few weeks back. I hope I’m not next.
A reminder that there is an image of the sunset seen from Mars. A reminder that this is the result of a robotic motor vehicle travelling millions of kilometres of space, successfully landing on the surface of another planet and communicating with Earth from there.
Captured by NASA’s Spirit rover in 2006
It has been a decade since a robotic traveler from Earth first soared over rings of ice and fired its engine to fall forever into the embrace of Saturn. On June 30, the Cassini mission will celebrate 10 years of exploring the planet, its rings and moons.
- More information about Cassini is available here & here
— Currently, the security industry’s focus on analysing software for potential security vulnerabilities is based on the assumption that the chip the software …
I’ve been telling people the possibility of this since 2010.only now it becomes dire. Been performing this kind of penetration testing since 2010 too starting with KTM.
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Bone Remodeling in Micro Gravity
Without the pull of Earth’s gravity our bones behave differently in space.
Normally the spongy material that makes up the structure of our inner bones,.(which basically looks like a sponge,.it’s all fractal,..crazy right?) disintegrates and heals properly.
On Earth the process by which our bones are broken down and repaired is generally balanced, in a healthy person.
For some reason not fully understood the balance between the bone breaking down and being repaired is offset. Scientist think perhaps the bones, not having the “mechanical stress” of our Earth gravity makes our bones feel a little more “relaxed”,..and the body’s skeletal structure basically disintegrates, nice.
The same effect also occurs in people with osteoporosis, although in space it’s much faster. We can counter micro gravities effect on our bones by taking more Vitamin D, exercise, and since 2008, using this bad ass looking machine called the AREB, (advanced resistive exercise device).
Space is not only awesome, it’s a learning tool because as we learn to better keep our bones in good health up in space, we’ll use those same techniques to help people on Earth.