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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / DNA tests now come under Royal Mail a prohibition
« on: Thursday 16 December 21 19:29 GMT (UK)  »
I tried to post a MyHeritage DNA sample to the USA, for processing, today and found Royal Mail no longer accepts them. I believe it is one of the new regulations due to covid and I think I am correct saying that they are accepted for UL destinations but MyHeritage goes to USA and Anscetry goes to Dublin so both of these will be affected by the prohibition.

I have just spent about 3 or 4 hours animating old family photos using the new My Heritage Photo Animate software.
The software scans a photo and picks out the individual faces (head and shoulders) of the people in it. It then animates the resultant image.
It is quite amazing to see a person who died in 1888 move their head about and even smile at you, when all you have ever seen before is a still image.
The software is not always perfect but it is still amazing.

The Lighter Side / Gedcom 7
« on: Saturday 20 February 21 07:26 GMT (UK)  »
There is an interesting blog by James Tanner (Genealogy's Star) about the forth coming release of Gedcom 7. This will allow transfer of information document images, photos, and other media items see:-

It seems that Neanderthals may have had a haplotype that made them vulnerable to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
See - for the research details details

The Stay Safe Board / Donald Trump & Melania test positive for Covid
« on: Friday 02 October 20 06:52 BST (UK)  »
Donald Trump has announced that he and his wife Melania have tested positive for coronavirus, after it was found one of his aids had tested positive.

What happens next?

The Stay Safe Board / Good News - Dexamethasone
« on: Tuesday 16 June 20 13:25 BST (UK)  »
There is now a treatment that can cut deaths of those on mechanical mentilators by one third and those on oxygen by one fifth.
The standard use drug Dexamethasone has been shown to be effective is such cases.


The Stay Safe Board / Having Covid-19 once might not give protection
« on: Saturday 30 May 20 06:54 BST (UK)  »
There is a lot written about herd immunity and antibodies giving protection from a second infection, however very few mention that with a few diseases having once had an infection makes having a second exposure far more dangerous and sometimes fatal.

I must stress that this  antibody-dependent enhancement is not a common effect, but it can and does happen in a few diseases.

One such disease is dengue fever, scientists argued for years about whether a second infection would be worse than the first until in 2017 that American and Nicaraguan scientists published evidence which explained how antibody-dependent enhancement happened.

There is not room to explain what happens here but in brief it happens when the antibodies in a person drop to a low level, if the person is then exposed to a second infection the low levels of antibodies cannot neutralize or kill the invading virus but bind to them and effectively usher them into susceptible cells, where the viruses then replicate.

It is unlikely the this effect will apply to Covid-19 as it does not occur in earlier human coronavirus infections first identified the mid 1960s but the possibility is there until more is known and understood about this strain of the disease.


The Stay Safe Board / Milk being poured away
« on: Thursday 09 April 20 12:03 BST (UK)  »
I can't believ milk is being poured away due to the covid-19 virus. Here in Wakefield, Morrisons supermarket stopped selling 6 pint bottles of milk in favour of 4 pint bottles, restriction were also put on most food product of two per person.

This of course meant more trips to the supermarket per week to buy milk.

I now read-

Milk crisis talks with environment secretary

11:35 today "Dairy farmers' representatives have called for a crisis meeting with Environment Secretary George Eustice as some start to pour away milk due to collapsing markets.

The National Farmers' Union (NFU) said on Thursday that the survival of many dairy farming businesses depends on urgent government action with at least 2,000 dairy farmers suffering severe financial pressure "and that number is growing by the day".

The union said that the coronavirus crisis had seen the almost complete loss of the food service and hospitality markets, as well as increasing global price volatility.

It said this has led to some dairy farmers with no other option but to dispose of milk on their farms."

If it is being poured away there is no shortage, if it is due to supermarkets policies they should change their policy.


For Sale / Wanted / Events / MyHeritage DNA kits
« on: Wednesday 19 June 19 10:30 BST (UK)  »
If you live near a Costco in the UK the MyHeritage DNA test kits are for sale at 59 saving you money.

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