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Scientists quash idea of single ‘gay gene’

Many genetic variants each play role in homosexual behaviour, study finds Nicola Davis (Guardian, UK) The study was the largest to date looking into genetics and same-sex sexual behaviour. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock A vast new study has quashed the idea that a single “gay gene” exists, scientists say, instead finding homosexual behaviour is influenced by a … Continue reading

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The Truth About Julius Caesar and “Caesarean” Sections

Myth: The Caesarean section procedure ultimately derives its name from Julius Caesar, who is often (falsely) claimed to have been the first baby born via Caesarean. It’s hard to pinpoint where exactly this story started, though a 10th century document is the likely culprit. The Suda, a Byzantine-Greek historical encyclopaedia, is one of the earliest records citing Caesar as … Continue reading

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Do the Sinhalese drink milk?

by Dr. Sarath Edirisinghe, Retired Consultant Parasitologist (Island) With apologies to Herbert White, writing to the Ceylon Antiquary (Volume V, Part 1) of 1920 questioning whether the Sinhalese drink milk, I have borrowed his caption which I think is timely amidst the raging debate on the Sri Lanka’s imported milk powder. Let me quote his … Continue reading

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