The Global Security News: 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): Eurasia Review: Uncovered A Trove Of Genes That Could Hold Key To How Humans Evolved

Researchers at the Donnelly Centre in Toronto have found that dozens
of genes, previously thought to have similar roles across different
organisms, are in fact unique to humans and could help explain how our
species came to exist.

These genes code for a class of proteins known as transcription
factors, or TFs, which control gene activity. TFs recognize specific
snippets of the DNA code called motifs, and use them as landing sites to
bind the DNA and turn genes on or off.

Previous research had suggested that TFs which look similar across
different organisms also bind similar motifs, even in species as diverse
as fruit flies and humans. But a new study from Professor Timothy Hughes‘ lab, at the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, shows that this is not always the case.

Writing in the journal Nature Genetics, the researchers
describe a new computational method which allowed them to more
accurately predict motif sequences each TF binds in many different
species. The findings reveal that some sub-classes of TFs are much more
functionally diverse than previously thought.

“Even between closely related species there’s a non-negligible
portion of TFs that are likely to bind new sequences,” says Sam Lambert,
former graduate student in Hughes’ lab who did most of the work on the
paper and has since moved to the University of Cambridge for a
postdoctoral stint.

“This means they are likely to have novel functions by regulating
different genes, which may be important for species differences,” he
says.

Even between chimps and humans, whose genomes are 99 per cent
identical, there are dozens of TFs which recognize diverse motifs
between the two species in a way that would affect expression of
hundreds of different genes.

“We think these molecular differences could be driving some of the
differences between chimps and humans,” says Lambert, who won the
Jennifer Dorrington Graduate Research Award for outstanding doctoral
research at U of T’s Faculty of Medicine.

To reanalyze motif sequences, Lambert developed new software which
looks for structural similarities between the TFs’ DNA binding regions
that relate to their ability to bind the same or different DNA motifs.
If two TFs, from different species, have a similar composition of
amino-acids, building blocks of proteins, they probably bind similar
motifs. But unlike older methods, which compare these regions as a
whole, Lambert’s automatically assigns greater value to those
amino-acids– a fraction of the entire region– which directly contact
the DNA. In this case, two TFs may look similar overall, but if they
differ in the position of these key amino-acids, they are more likely to
bind different motifs. When Lambert compared all TFs across different
species and matched to all available motif sequence data, he found that
many human TFs recognize different sequences–and therefore regulate
different genes– than versions of the same proteins in other animals.

The finding contradicts earlier research, which stated that almost
all of human and fruit fly TFs bind the same motif sequences, and is a
call for caution to scientists hoping to draw insights about human TFs
by only studying their counterparts in simpler organisms.

“There is this idea that has persevered, which is that the TFs bind
almost identical motifs between humans and fruit flies,” says Hughes,
who is also a professor in U of T’s Department of Molecular Genetics and
Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. “And while
there are many examples where these proteins are functionally conserved,
this is by no means to the extent that has been accepted.”

As for TFs that have unique human roles, these belong to the rapidly
evolving class of so-called C2H2 zinc finger TFs, named for zinc
ion-containing finger-like protrusions, with which they bind the DNA.

Their role remains an open question but it is known that organisms
with more diverse TFs also have more cell types, which can come together
in novel ways to build more complicated bodies.

Hughes is excited about a tantalizing possibility that some of these
zinc finger TFs could be responsible for the unique features of human
physiology and anatomy–our immune system and the brain, which are the
most complex among animals. Another concerns sexual dimorphism:
countless visible, and often less obvious, differences between sexes
that guide mate selection–decisions that have an immediate impact on
reproductive success, and can also have profound impact on physiology in
the long term. The peacock’s tail or facial hair in men are classic
examples of such features.

“Almost nobody in human genetics studies the molecular basis of
sexual dimorphism, yet these are features that all human beings see in
each other and that we are all fascinated with,” says Hughes. “I’m
tempted to spend the last half of my career working on this, if I can
figure out how to do it!”

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Memorial Day Weekend marks the opening of New York City beaches and with the warm weather swimmers are sure to be out in the waters taking a dip. News 12 spoke with swim instructors about safety tips ahead of beach and pool season.

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There are no signs that a spate of deadly prison violence in the northern Brazilian city of Manaus will spread to other parts of the country, the presidential spokesman said on Tuesday.

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It doesn’t really feel like summer until you’re swinging over the boardwalk, feeling the sand in your shoes and the wind in your hair. Luna Park, has around 25 rides, including the kid-friendly swings pictured above. Of course you’ll need to ride the Cyclone, a land-marked wooden roller coaster built in 1927, known for is its rickety roar, clicking and clacking like it could fall apart at any moment during its tight turns and steep drops. But if you prefer a more modern coaster with a bigger adrenaline rush, the 115-foot vertical lift of the Thunderbolt is even more terrifying than the vertical drop that follows it. Luna Park offers single-ride tickets and day passes, but you’ll need to pay separately to ride Coney Island’s iconic Ferris wheel, which is part of Deno’s Wonder Wheel, an adjacent park with a wider array of kiddie rides. Luna Park is located at 1000 Surf Avenue, and Deno’s Wonder Wheel is located right next-door at 3059 Denos D. Vourderis Place. 

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Hard cider has a reputation for being an autumnal drink, but a not-too-sweet, fruit-forward cider can taste like summer in a glass. Bad Seed Cider cans and distributes their flagship Dry Hard Cider, but to sample all their small-batch specialties, including Hibiscus Ginger Cider, Honey Mint Cider, and Space Cadet (hopped with Galaxy and Apollo hops), you’ve got to hit one of their upstate tap rooms or visit them in Crown Heights, where they keep 12 ciders on draft. They also have 8 rotating taps of New York craft beers and a cozy little backyard, and they’re happy to fill growlers to-go. Bad Seed Taproom, 585 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; (718) 975-0690. Photo: Bad Seed Cider.

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What does the literary icon Walt Whitman mean to black Brooklyn?

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As we celebrate the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth on May 31, Brooklynites should be proud of the attention his poetry drew to their home borough. In “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” he paid poetic tribute to the working Brooklynites of his era and those to come “a hundred years hence, or ever so many hundred years hence,” traveling to their workplaces and then their homes, feeding families and dreaming American dreams.

Whitman seemed to possess a love for the humanistic determination that, for many, defined Brooklyn.

His attitudes toward another defining element of Brooklyn — the multitudes of people of color and immigrants — need more scrutiny if we’re to be honest about the poet’s legacy.

To assess what Whitman means to Brooklyn today, one has to be aware that Brooklyn, even from its post-native beginnings, has been defined by its blackness, its African roots — first via slaves, and then through the free men and women from around the nation and the Western Hemisphere.

What does the literary icon Walt Whitman mean to them? That’s an apt question, because to know where we are, we must know where we have been.

[Ed. note: This piece contains a quote from Whitman that includes racial slurs. We have left the quote unedited and uncensored, as its contents are suggestive of Whitman’s viewpoints.] 

Walt Whitman and the newspapers he worked for — most notably, the original Brooklyn Daily Eagle — were staunch Democrats. In those days, that meant that they wanted to forge alliances with the slaveholders of the American South. They were not friends of black people.

Give Whitman credit where it’s due. In some of his writing, he denounced the ugliness of the slave trade. He was even fired as editor of the Eagle for his support of the Wilmot Proviso, which would ban slavery in territories acquired during the Mexican-American War.

Whitman also seemed to show the impulses of a missionary. He traveled to Washington, D.C., during the Civil War to give drenching days and nights to the nursing of wounded soldiers. (Note: It was equally important to him to soothe not just the Union soldiers, but the pro-slavery Confederate ones who wound up in the hospital tents.)

Still, Whitman did not show a passion for fair treatment of black Americans in the run-up to the Civil War, despite his post-mortem image as a fighter for American justice.

Back in Brooklyn, Walt Whitman did not trust Henry Ward Beecher, the fiercely abolitionist white minister who was militant in his opposition to slavery — so militant that “Beecher’s Bibles” became synonymous with the weapons used in fighting slaveholders.

Whitman and many of the city’s newspapers were suspicious of New York abolitionists; the wariness was widespread. Downtown Brooklyn was a center of the Underground Railroad, those secret routes that white anti-slavery activists used to help black people escaping slavery in the years before the Civil War.

The truth of the matter is that Whitman was a brilliant writer — but also a man of his times. He was also an example of how awkward it can be for a writer steeped in the common politics of his day to take meaningful public positions on key issues of the day.

There’s an interesting section in “Leaves of Grass” in which Whitman writes that “a runaway slave came to my house.” He saw the man as “limpsy and weak” and wrote that the man stayed “with me a week before he was recuperated” and continued traveling north to the freedom that hopefully awaited.

Whether it’s true or not, I don’t know. It’s poetry. Plus, Whitman was a complicated man. The biographer who interviewed him in the years just before Whitman’s death indicated Whitman was pessimistic about the ability of blacks to survive in post-slavery America. “The nigger, like the Injun, will be eliminated: it is the law of races, history, what-not,” Whitman is quoted by Horace Traubel as saying.

I tell you this: I’d be inclined to take on Whitman as a departed hero if I were a gay activist. Whitman was open about his attraction to other men, and a former colleague of mine, Gary Schmidgall, wrote a book about Whitman’s boldness regarding his sexuality, “Walt Whitman: A Gay Life”.

For me, the most meaningful connection I feel with Whitman is in our shared experiences of Brooklyn.

I often tell people that the most profound fact of my life is that I was born in Brooklyn. My mother was also, in 1925, as was her mother, in 1901, and my father, in 1923; and that my great grandparents immigrated here from the Caribbean in the late 1890s, living in the very Downtown neighborhood that Whitman had called home.

Whitman was born in the town of Huntington on Long Island, and the Whitman family moved to Brooklyn when Walt was a child. His carpenter father, Walter, built and sold wooden homes in an environment being remarkably transformed, as immigrants from Ireland, Italy and Eastern Europe flowed in. If Whitman’s above-quoted disparaging remarks about black people make some uncomfortable, so might his many references to the new Irish residents as foul-mouthed drunkards.

But as the writer Noel Ignatiev has noted, the Irish eventually became white, with all the benefits implied. The Italians and Jews of Eastern Europe, likewise maligned and marginalized ethnic groups, also became white under American jurisprudence.

And so there’s something unique about the crisis of blacks in Brooklyn and the United States.

I, for one, would like to have seen insights into that crisis in a relationship between Walt Whitman and Frederick Douglass. The two men, poetically, lived their lives over the same span of time (1819-1892, Whitman, and 1818-1895, Douglass). What’s more, Douglass, an escaped slave who lived in Rochester, New York, and Washington, D.C., spent considerable time in Brooklyn.

But sadly Whitman seems to have had little interaction with Douglass other than to have seen him at anti-slavery events Whitman attended as a journalist.

In my reflections on the life of Whitman, I was touched most sincerely as I walked the streets of the neighborhood of Brooklyn where the author once lived.

Related: Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn home is still not a landmark

I stared for a long stint at the wood frame house at 99 Ryerson St. where he lived 160 years ago. Blacks are still dominant on the block, mostly as renters. I spoke with a number of them, and they all expressed intense concerns that blacks would soon be forced from the area, as victims of rising rents and property values.

In this counter-intuitive sense, I want to keep Whitman around for a long time; maybe forever. I spent my early childhood in the Fort Greene public houses, now called the Whitman Houses. Near there is the Whitman Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Several blocks west is the Whitman Park.

Yes, things change. This is what America is; and, as a fine book by Ralph Foster Weld told us 70 years ago, at the time of my birth, “Brooklyn is America”. The ferries that inspired Whitman in his epic poem lost out over the decades – to the eponymous Brooklyn Bridge and to subway cars. We concede that cities live in cycles.

But preservation is a good thing, especially when its opposite is the ugly over-building and outsize power wielded by greedy developers and politicians who take their money. It’s about standing up for what’s right, about preserving beauty and the concomitant presence of blacks in Brooklyn. That will take a commitment to fighting for economic and racial justice.

A reckoning will come. Blacks in America will show that they do not disappear, as Whitman said the Native Americans did. Throughout his life as a writer and public speaker, Frederick Douglass said this also, that the Native Americans have been pushed from the face of America, finally massacred by U.S. soldiers at Wounded Knee, in South Dakota, two years before Whitman’s death.

I believe we have much to learn from the American Natives. They fiercely stood their ground many times. Brooklyn will always be a black borough, but it will take resistance and fighting. And there’s a chance Whitman’s spirit is agreeing with what I write. Time is fluid. It shifts and recedes and advances, like the East River of old. No, Walt, blacks will not vanish from this American earth.

Walt Whitman was a beautiful writer, I acknowledge, but fighting for racial and economic justice was not a legacy he left. That is up to those who know they must fight.

And, as for me, when the final moment comes, just take my remaining parts and bury them at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Ron Howell is the author of “Boss of Black Brooklyn: The Life and Times of Bertram L. Baker” (Fordham University Press, 2018). Ron is an Associate Professor in the Journalism Program of the English Department at Brooklyn College.

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Talk about community spirit!

Brooklyn Heights resident Sondra Fagen wants to bring victims of natural disasters together for a gathering on the Fourth of July.

Fagen has been hosting large gatherings in Brooklyn and beyond for decades, and wants to bring back her tradition with a “Christmas in July” potluck party for anybody who suffered loss during natural disasters and people looking for a community more broadly.

The do-gooder has taken a break in recent years from her event hosting after a brutal subway attack and a cancer diagnosis left her wheelchair-bound, but the 82-year-old said that will not hold her back from organizing another great get-together that could help people from all over the country.

“Wouldn’t it be nice for us to invite people to New York during the holiday season? It’s a community basically,” Fagen said.

The journalist who has written for the Brooklyn Heights Press and has penned singles columns for several publications, started her tradition in the 1960s when a man wrote into her column asking where he could spend Thanksgiving.

One of the holiday hostess’ Easter feasts even got a write up in the New York Times in 1982, when she and her fellow revelers dined on rock cornish hen, quiche, fried chicken, lox, cream cheese, salads, and homemade desserts in between live music and group singing, this paper reported.

Bringing people together has been a blessing for her, and when asked why she keeps doing it despite her ailing health, she quoted the author of the Peter Pan books, James M. Barrie.

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves,” she said.

The do-gooder is looking for help to host this year’s summer dinner and she is eager to hear from any charitable Brooklyn Heights resident who would be able to offer up their back yard for the event, along with other people willing and able to help her organize the gathering and spread the word through social media.

Anyone willing to open their home, donate a venue for the event, or willing to help organize the party can contact Sondra Fagen at (718) 522–0506 or at fagenent@yahoo.com.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.

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A Japanese man who swallowed 246 packets of cocaine died while on a flight from Bogota to Tokyo on Friday, Agence France-Presse reports.

Authorities identified the man only as 42-year-old Udo N in a social media post Monday.

The incident prompted the Aeromexico flight to make an emergency landing in the northern Mexico state of Sonora after flight attendants noticed that he was having seizures. Paramedics then boarded the plane and declared the man dead.

Prosecutors said the cause of his death was cerebral edema — a swelling of the brain — caused by the drug overdose. According to an autopsy, the man had 246 packets of cocaine, each measuring about 0.4 inches by 1 inch, in his stomach and intestines.

The plane, which had 198 other passengers on board, resumed its flight to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport after the body was removed.

Swallowing drugs, despite its hazards, is one way smugglers use to transport narcotics due to the ability to bypass security systems and screening processes.

Earlier this month, two Thai nationals who were traveling to Bali were arrested after ingesting almost two pounds of methamphetamine, according to the Bangkok Post. Last year, a Brazilian student died after one of the cocaine pellets he swallowed ruptured inside him when he was flying from Lisbon to Dublin, the Irish Times reports.

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