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"Mr. Dyson, I'm pleased to inform you that your grandmother didn't sleep around."
June 10, 2001 6:03 PM   Subscribe

"Mr. Dyson, I'm pleased to inform you that your grandmother didn't sleep around."
posted by lagado (8 comments total)

 
although to find out that your
great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grandmother
was a convicted cattle rustler is probably a lot cooler.
posted by lagado at 6:42 PM on June 10, 2001


I thought the point was that the grand *fathers* didn't sleep around. - rcb
posted by rebeccablood at 6:55 PM on June 10, 2001


no, you misunderstood:
if the males slept around, the surname wouldn't be passed as well.
posted by jackstark at 7:13 PM on June 10, 2001


If a man's Y chromosome isn't the same as those of his ostensible other male relatives, then it means that some woman back there was messing around, because a pregancy occurred where the father wasn't the father-of-record.

If a man messes around outside his marriage, it's not going to affect his children-of-record.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 7:48 PM on June 10, 2001


well, yeah, but if they were tracking across all surnames, would they have noticed the dyson chromosome in others?

so either the dyson's are good at choosing faithful brides, or they must just be so damn sexy, the women have no desire to go elsewhere. rrrrrrrrrrrrr! - rcb
posted by rebeccablood at 7:51 PM on June 10, 2001


Is Dyson the Vacuum related to Dyson the Freeman, and thus Dyson the Messer-Up of Domain Names?
posted by holgate at 8:17 PM on June 10, 2001


Apologies for the sexist tone to that post btw...

well, yeah, but if they were tracking across all surnames, would they have noticed the dyson chromosome in others?

For sure they would but it would be much harder to match a snippet of DNA in another family's gene than it would be to simply say that there is a high level of regularity within the Dyson family gene.

Nevertheless I'm sure they're working on it. The background to this story is that they are trying to build a genetic database on everyone, quite a sinister prospect.

See the related story:
DNA 'family tree' clue may identify criminals
posted by lagado at 10:44 PM on June 10, 2001


Also it's worth checking out Mr. Steven Den Beste's debunking of the Noah's Ark* story by using nothing more than the humble Y chromosome for his argument.



*it's a sad state of affairs that this story even requires debunking but anyway...
posted by lagado at 10:57 PM on June 10, 2001


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