Friday, January 25, 2008

The Amish are way cooler than I thought!

After the Magellan Post, many of the readers of Karsten's Blog asked, what are the chances of having 6 toes or six fingers for that matter. Well, considering that most people think they can actually win the lottery, the chances are pretty good. Listen to this, the condition called polydactylism occurs in 1 in every 500 births. Although, the frequency is higher in some groups such as the Amish, due to the Founder Effect (the loss of genetic variation when a new colony is established by a very small number of individuals from a larger population). Now, I'm pretty sure I only have 10 fingers and 10 toes, but maybe just maybe, I'll get lucky and get another.

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