Human Trafficking

DNA Databases Could Help Find Victims Of Crime And Human Trafficking

By | Wed, 05/15/2013 - 12:22

Although DNA databasing may be an effective means to track innocent victims of human trafficking and human rights violation, it has led to some privacy concerns.

The Atacama Humanoid

Atacama Humanoid Is Human, Researchers Say

By | Wed, 05/01/2013 - 14:00

DNA sequencing suggests that the tiny skeleton found 10 years ago in Chile is a human being, not a form of alien life.

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Tapeworm Treatment: DNA Genome Mapping Reveals Medicine Targets

By | Wed, 03/13/2013 - 18:09

Tapeworm treatment will be much easier, now that newly sequenced genomes have revealed medicine targets.

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Lovers Swap Genes While Kissing: DNA Lingers in the Mouth Even After a Light Peck

By | Mon, 01/28/2013 - 18:42

Kissing is a physically affectionate act of pressing the lips against someone or something. The act is commonly used to express a multitude of human emotions like love, respect and friendship. However, what is less obvious is that when two lovers share a passionate kiss, they are also swapping their bacteria, bodily fluids and parts of their genetic code.


Shakespeare Sonnets and Martin Luther King's Speech Sucessfully Stored in Tiny DNA Files

By | Thu, 01/24/2013 - 14:11

Scientists have managed to "download" all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets on to strands of synthetic DNA.


Stone Age Human Fossil Reveals Evolutionary Origins of Modern Asians

By | Tue, 01/22/2013 - 12:22

A DNA analysis of a 40,000-year-old human skeleton dug up in China has revealed genetic clues to the Stone Age evolution, according to a new study. After analyzing the genetic material extracted from the ancient leg bone found in a cave near Beijing, scientists were able to link some of the earliest modern humans to settle in China to the people living in the region today.


Scientists Sequence a Person's Entire Genome With Just a Single Cell

By | Wed, 01/09/2013 - 09:13

Scientists are now able to reproduce a person's entire genome using only a single cell.


Nobody's Perfect: We All Carry 400 Disease-Causing DNA Mutations

By | Fri, 12/07/2012 - 10:13

There are about 400 DNA flaws in most healthy humans, says a new study. Some of these genes are linked to diseases that can be passed to the next generation.

John Wayne Gacy

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy’s Blood Used to Heat Up Cold Cases

By | Tue, 12/04/2012 - 14:06

John Wayne Gacy was a notorious serial killer who raped and murdered at least 33 boys and young men during the better part of the 1970s.


Superhero Tiny Creature Obtains Powers by…Eating DNA

By | Mon, 11/19/2012 - 14:15

Study found that bdelloids pilfered as much as 10 percent of their DNA from other species, like fungi, bacteria, and plants.


Three-Parent In-Vitro Fertilization Considered a Success: Study

By | Wed, 10/24/2012 - 16:11

UK's Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority is mulling over a change in law that would allow three-parent in vitro fertilization to occur.

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Researchers Show How Junk DNA Influences Face Development

By | Mon, 10/22/2012 - 10:10

Researchers say that "enhancers" present in the junk DNA follow an origami-like design while constructing the face, using simple instructions to make an intricate object.

scientist looks at DNA fingerprints of truffles

Citing Privacy Concerns, U.S. Panel Urges End to Secret DNA Testing

By | Thu, 10/11/2012 - 09:15

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released a report on privacy concerns triggered by the advent of whole genome sequencing.

jurassic park dinosaur

Your DNA Could Live On 6.8 Million Years After You Die

By | Wed, 10/10/2012 - 16:59

In the 1990s, after watching Jurassic Park and hearing about Dolly the sheep, many children hoped that scientists would develop the capacity for cloning dinosaurs that could roam again on the Earth.


DNA Analysis May Reveal When Humans Stopped Having Sex With Neanderthals

By | Fri, 10/05/2012 - 13:59

Modern Europeans may have interbred with Neanderthals as recently as 37,000 years ago, after modern humans with advanced stone tools expanded out of Africa, according to a new study.