Their DNA Hides a Warning, but They Don’t Want to Know What It Says

Some volunteers for biobanks, which collect genetic information to study health across populations, have been surprised to be informed they carry risky mutations.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #genetics-and-heredity, #privacy, #research, #tests-medical

The Kunga Was a Status Symbol Long Before the Thoroughbred

A new study finds the first known instance of a human-engineered hybrid, bred from a donkey and a Syrian wild ass 4,500 years ago.

#animals, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #breeding-of-animals, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #donkeys, #horses, #research, #science-advances-journal, #your-feed-science

These Prenatal Tests Are Usually Wrong When Warning of Rare Disorders

The false positives aren’t mentioned in the brochures for these blood screenings, which are sold by some of the biggest labs in the country.

#advertising-and-marketing, #amniocentesis, #babies-and-infants, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #tests-medical

How Your DNA Test Could Send a Relative to Jail

Thanks to “genetic genealogy,” solving crimes with genomic databases is becoming mainstream — with some uncomfortable implications for the future of privacy.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Last Known Slave Ship, Clotilda, Is Remarkably Well Preserved, Researchers Say

DNA may be extracted from the Clotilda, which was sunk in the Mobile River in Alabama in 1860 after it arrived from West Africa carrying 110 enslaved people, researchers said.

#africatown-ala, #alabama, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #clotilda, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #mobile-ala, #national-register-of-historic-places, #raines-ben-h, #research, #shipwrecks-historic, #slavery-historical

3,000 Years Ago, Britain Got Half Its Genes From France, DNA Study Suggests

An extensive study of ancient DNA suggests that a wave of newcomers — and perhaps the first Celtic languages — crossed the English Channel three millenniums ago.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bronze-age, #dairy-products, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #england, #france, #genetics-and-heredity, #immigration-and-emigration, #kent-england, #language-and-languages, #nature-journal, #reich-david-e-1974, #your-feed-science

Stolen at Birth, Chilean Adoptees Uncover Their Past

Hundreds of Chileans adopted abroad have learned that they were trafficked. Investigators believe thousands of children may have been taken from their parents during Chile’s dictatorship.

#adoptions, #children-and-childhood, #chile, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #pinochet-ugarte-augusto

Merck’s Covid Pill Might Pose Risks for Pregnant Women

Some laboratory studies suggest that molnupiravir can insert errors in DNA, which could in theory harm a developing fetus, sperm cells or children.

#birth-defects, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #merckcompany-inc, #molnupiravir-drug, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #research, #your-feed-science

Military Project That Identified 355 Crew Members Who Died at Pearl Harbor EndsIt’s a

The remains of 355 sailors and Marines from the U.S.S. Oklahoma were identified using DNA and dental records, but 33 crew members could not be.

#cemeteries, #defense-department, #defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #hawaii, #missing-in-action, #nebraska, #pearl-harbor-hawaii, #research, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy, #world-war-ii-1939-45

What I Learned Testing My Dog’s DNA

There are some mysteries that even genetic science can’t explain.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #dogs, #genetics-and-heredity, #pets

The Gene-Synthesis Revolution

Researchers can now design and mass-produce genetic material — a technique that helped build the mRNA vaccines. What could it give us next?

#2021-tech-and-design, #antibiotics, #bacteria, #biology-and-biochemistry, #biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #chemistry, #crispr-dna, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genetics-and-heredity, #ginkgo-bioworks-inc, #synthetic-biology

Suspect’s Family Helps Crack Candy Rogers Murder Case

The murder of 9-year-old Candice Rogers rocked Spokane, Wash. On Friday, the police identified John Reigh Hoff as a suspect, and said his daughter helped them solve the case.

#candice-rogers, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #john-reigh-hoff, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sex-crimes, #sgt-zac-storment, #spokane-wash

The DNA of Roma People Has Long Been Misused, Scientists Reveal

An op-ed in Nature calls for higher ethical standards in the usage and analysis of genetic information from the Romani, a marginalized group in Europe.

#bulgaria, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genetics-and-heredity, #hungary, #india, #nature-journal, #romani-people, #your-feed-science

Tree DNA Sends a Poacher to Prison in 2018 Maple Fire Case

Loggers seeking a prized hardwood started the fire in the Olympic National Forest, prosecutors said. The use of timber DNA evidence was a first in a federal criminal trial.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #hood-canal-wash, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #trees-and-shrubs, #washington-state, #wildfires

He Escaped Prison in 2015. Did He Kill a Young Mother Decades Before?

A bid to exonerate two men in a Buffalo-area murder centers on the possible role in the crime of Richard Matt, a notorious New York killer.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #erie-county-ny, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #fugitives, #matt-richard-w-1967, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prison-escapes, #sweat-david-p-1980, #tonawanda

DNA Confirms Sitting Bull Was South Dakota Man’s Great-Grandfather

Ernie LaPointe, the great-grandson of the leader Tatanka Iyotake, said he hoped the DNA confirmation would bolster his campaign to move the chief’s remains.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #lapointe-ernie, #native-americans, #north-dakota, #research, #science-advances-journal, #sitting-bull, #south-dakota, #university-of-copenhagen, #willerslev-eske

A Victim of John Wayne Gacy Is Identified 4 Decades Later

For years, some of the victims of John Wayne Gacy had gone unidentified. DNA and expanding genealogical databases allowed officials to identify a victim this month.

#alexander-francis-wayne, #cook-county-ill, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #gacy-john-wayne-jr, #genealogy, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #serial-murders

40-Year-Old Cold Case of South Dakota Baby Ends With Conviction

Decades after a baby was found by the road, DNA testing led to criminal charges. On Friday, a woman entered an Alford plea in the case, maintaining her innocence while pleading guilty to manslaughter.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sioux-falls-sd, #south-dakota, #theresa-bentaas

Man Convicted in Thefts of a van Gogh and a Hals From Dutch Museums

DNA evidence found at the two museums after the burglaries led investigators to the suspect, who has now been sentenced to eight years in prison by a Dutch court.

#art, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #hals-frans, #museum-hofje-van-mevrouw-van-aerden-leerdam-netherlands, #museums, #netherlands, #robberies-and-thefts, #singer-laren, #van-gogh-vincent

A Broken Frame, and DNA Traces, Led to Arrest in van Gogh Theft

Dutch prosecutors said that DNA evidence tied a man to the thefts of a van Gogh and a Frans Hals painting; he denies the charges.

#art, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #groninger-museum, #museum-hofje-van-mevrouw-van-aerden-leerdam-netherlands, #museums, #netherlands, #robberies-and-thefts, #singer-laren

Articles Involving Chinese DNA Research Are Retracted

The rare retractions come after several scientists raised questions about how Chinese researchers obtained the full consent of their Uyghur subjects.

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #china, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genetics-and-heredity, #science-and-technology, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

Trying to Find Your Mother’s Remains From Ground Zero, 20 Years Later

The medical examiner’s office is still working painstakingly to identify 9/11 victims. There are 1,106 victims whose remains have not been found.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #new-york-city, #office-of-the-chief-medical-examiner-of-the-city-of-new-york, #september-11-2001, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

Reuniting an Orphan Elephant and Her Mom, Perhaps, With DNA and Luck

Nania beat the odds to survive separation from her forest elephant family in Burkina Faso. Her caretakers hope DNA testing may help return her to the wild with her family.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #burkina-faso, #conservation-of-resources, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-fund-for-animal-welfare, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

How Nania The Elephant Beat the Odds

Nania beat the odds to survive separation from her forest elephant family in Burkina Faso. Her caretakers hope DNA testing may help return her to the wild with her family.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #burkina-faso, #conservation-of-resources, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-fund-for-animal-welfare, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Meet the Spotted Skunks. They’ve Been Keeping a Secret From Us.

New research using hundreds of DNA samples showed that there are seven species of these hand-standing, stink-spraying mammals.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #mexico, #molecular-phylogenetics-and-evolution-journal, #north-america, #reproduction-biological, #research, #skunks, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Trail in Decades-Old Florida Killings Leads to Brazilian Man

Roberto Wagner Fernandes, who died in a plane crash in Paraguay in 2005, killed three women whose bodies were found in Miami and Broward County in 2000 and 2001, the authorities said.

#biscayne-bay-fla, #brazil, #broward-county-fla, #broward-county-sheriffs-office-florida, #crime-and-criminals, #demas-sia, #dietz-livesey-kimberly, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #fernandes-roberto-wagner, #fingerprinting, #forensic-science, #fugitives, #good-jessica, #miami-fla, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #serial-murders

After Two Decades and a DNA Test, Charges Are Dropped in Georgia Killings

Convicted of killing a couple in 1985, Dennis Perry spent 20 years in prison before hair samples helped set him free. Now, the homicide charges against him have been dismissed.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #georgia, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #perry-dennis-a-1962, #sparre-erik, #swain-harold-d-1985, #swain-thelma-d-1985, #waverly-ga

A Coronavirus Epidemic Hit 20,000 Years Ago, New Study Finds

A few dozen human genes rapidly evolved in ancient East Asia to thwart coronavirus infections, scientists say. Those genes could be crucial to today’s pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genetics-and-heredity, #history-academic-subject, #research, #your-feed-science

Two Montana Sweethearts Were Fatally Shot in 1956. The Case Was Just Solved.

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office said it appeared to be the oldest homicide case in the United States to be solved with genetic genealogy.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #great-falls-mont, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

China Still Buys American DNA Equipment for Xinjiang Despite Blocks

The U.S. government has long tried to prevent the sales over concerns about rights abuses and surveillance. Documents show those efforts have failed.

#china, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

An Innocent Man Went to Prison for Murder. Now, It’s the Real Killer’s Turn.

Brian Leigh Dripps Sr. was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday in the 1996 killing of Angie Dodge in Idaho, a crime for which Christopher Tapp was exonerated.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #idaho, #idaho-falls-idaho, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sex-crimes, #tapp-christopher

She Was Stabbed and Left in a Cornfield in 1972. Now There’s an Arrest.

Barry Lee Whelpley, now 76, was charged with killing Julie Ann Hanson, who was 15 when her body was found in Naperville, Ill., the authorities said.

#chicago-ill, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #illinois, #minnesota, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #naperville-ill

Two New Laws Restrict Police Use of DNA Search Method

Maryland and Montana have passed the nation’s first laws limiting forensic genealogy, the method that found the Golden State Killer.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #law-and-legislation, #maryland, #montana, #privacy, #your-feed-science

Man Rescued in Colorado Mountain Pass Is Accused in 1982 Murders

Alan Lee Phillips was rescued from a snowdrift in 1982 after he signaled SOS with his headlights. The police now say he became trapped on the road after killing two women.

#breckenridge-colo, #colorado, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oberholtzer-barbara-jo-d-1982, #phillips-alan-lee-1951, #schnee-annette-d-1982

DNA Could Identify Somerton Man Exhumed in Australia

This week the police disinterred a body, found on a beach in 1948, that has puzzled investigators for decades. “There’s lots of twists and turns in this case, and every turn is pretty weird,” one said.

#adelaide-australia, #australia, #derek-abbott, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #rachel-egan, #somerton-man

Cleared of Murder, Brothers Are Awarded $75 Million

Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, half brothers with intellectual disabilities, spent three decades in prison for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl before DNA evidence implicated someone else.

#artis-roscoe, #brown-leon, #capital-punishment, #compensation-for-damages-law, #confessions, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #intellectual-disabilities, #mccollum-henry-lee, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #north-carolina, #north-carolina-innocence-inquiry-commission, #robeson-county-nc, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Remains Found 36 Years Ago in Montana Are Identified

DNA analysis has identified the remains of a woman, who for decades was known only as Christy Crystal Creek, as those of Janet Lee Lucas, who was last seen in Spokane, Wash., in 1983.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #lucas-janet-lee, #missing-persons, #missoula-county-mont, #montana, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #serial-murders, #spokane-wash, #teeth-and-dentistry

After Ledell Lee’s Execution, Another Man’s DNA Is Found on the Murder Weapon

Lawyers’ request to conduct additional DNA testing before Ledell Lee was executed had been denied.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

To Solve 3 Cold Cases, This Small County Got a DNA Crash Course

Forensic genealogy helped nab the Golden State Killer in 2018. Now investigators across the country are using it to revisit hundreds of unsolved crimes.

#deangelo-joseph-james, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #privacy, #your-feed-science

To Name Unknown Soldiers, Military Mulls Crime-Solving DNA Methods

Forensic genealogy techniques that have successfully tracked down elusive serial killers may soon be used to help identify thousands of American service members “known but to God.”

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #futch-melton-d-1944, #genealogy, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

To Name Unknown Soldiers Who Died, Military Mulls DNA Methods

Forensic genealogy techniques that have successfully tracked down elusive serial killers may soon be used to help identify thousands of American service members “known but to God.”

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #futch-melton-d-1944, #genealogy, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Queens Man Is Charged in 1976 Killing of Pregnant Teenager

Luis Sierra, 63, of Ozone Park, was arrested this week in the killing of Evelyn Colon, a Jersey City 15-year-old whose dismembered remains were found along a riverbank in Pennsylvania, the authorities said.

#assaults, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #extradition, #forensic-science, #jersey-city-nj, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-jersey, #ozone-park-queens-ny, #pennsylvania, #queens-nyc, #sex-crimes

She Vanished Decades Ago. Her Children Just Learned She Had Been Killed.

William Heiser Jr. said his father had told him and his sister that their mother, Marie Heiser, had “just packed up her stuff and left.”

#delaware, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #heiser-marie-petry, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #parabon-nanolabs-inc, #philadelphia-pa

Book Review: ‘Life’s Edge,’ by Carl Zimmer

In “Life’s Edge,” Carl Zimmer examines the many scientific attempts to define what it is that exactly constitutes life.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #books-and-literature, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #lifes-edge-the-search-for-what-it-means-to-be-alive-book, #physics, #science-and-technology, #zimmer-carl

After Nearly Four Decades, a Tip Helps Solve the Killing of a School Cook

Virginia Hannon, 59, was found stabbed and strangled in her home in 1984. The authorities said a tipster last year helped them identify her killer.

#aylward-jesse, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #hannon-virginia-d-1984, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #pembroke-mass

Coyote That Attacked Five in Bay Area is Finally Caught

The animal, which had bitten five people, including two young children, near San Francisco over nearly eight months, was euthanized on Thursday.

#california, #coyotes, #department-of-fish-and-wildlife-california, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #east-bay-san-francisco-calif, #forensic-science

Oregon Man Is Charged With Two Murders Committed Two Decades Apart

Genetic genealogy connected Christopher Lovrien to a 1999 homicide victim, according to the authorities, who said they found the remains of a 2020 homicide victim when they searched his property.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #dribin-mark, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #griffin-kenneth, #lovrien-christopher, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oregon, #police-department-portland-ore, #portland-ore, #search-and-seizure, #serial-murders

Sickle Cell Treatment Not Linked to Cancer, Researchers Say

Trials of experimental gene therapy for sickle cell disease were halted when patients developed worrying illnesses.

#bluebird-bio-inc, #boston-childrens-hospital, #clinical-trials, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #gene-therapy, #genetics-and-heredity, #leukemia, #sickle-cell-anemia

Woman’s Search for Her Birth Parents Leads to a Story of Murder

Kathy Gillcrist said a DNA test she took in 2017 revealed that her father may have been William Bradford Bishop Jr., a fugitive suspected of killing his wife, mother and three sons in 1976.

#adoptions, #bethesda-md, #bishop-william-bradford-jr, #content-type-personal-profile, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #fugitives, #genealogy, #gillcrist-kathy-1957, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #north-carolina, #tests-medical

The Sunday Read: ‘Sigrid Johnson Was Black. A DNA Test Said She Wasn’t’

The surge in popularity of services like 23andMe and Ancestry means that more and more people are unearthing surprises in their ancestry.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #families-and-family-life, #race-and-ethnicity, #tests-medical