Fossil, Nature’s flotsam
In a day and age when productivity drives society, it is strange to ownthat seem to be of no use. There they lie in our , like sunken ships that have been washed ashore. And, just like wrecks, they are part of the memory of ancient times. This said, though they are inactive today, they are still able to reveal precious information about the past of the human species.
MC1R: Thisis involved in the colour of skin, hair (red) and eyes. Curiously, it also influences the efficiency of anaesthetics used by dentists.
BCKDK : Thisis involved in a form of autism, which can be treated with a given diet.
FTO: Thisis involved in obesity.
MRP8: Thisis involved in the quality of our earwax. Europeans have wet wax while Japanese have dry wax.