Tag: DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid)

Hikers Find Mystery Skeleton on Remote Mountain in California

Had they not gotten off track, a pair of hikers on Mount Williamson, California’s second-highest peak, would have missed it. In a remote area about three hours from the mountain’s summit, a bleached skull peeked out from beneath gray boulders. “We were in disbelief,” said one of the hikers, Brandon Follin, 22, who was with […]

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A Virus in Koala DNA Shows Evolution in Action

Koalas have been running into hard times. They have suffered for years from habitat destruction, dog attacks, automobile accidents. But that’s only the beginning. They are also plagued by chlamydia and cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, and in researching those problems, scientists have found a natural laboratory in which to study one of the hottest […]

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Playing Catch a Killer With a Room Full of Sleuths

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — On a recent afternoon, under two giant chandeliers, some of the key people responsible for the future of crime and privacy tried to solve a murder. “She was found in 1982 in Newark,” said the class leader, who opened the session by bursting into song. That plus the little plates of […]

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Man Confesses to Brutal Killings That Terrorized South Korea, Police Say

SEOUL, South Korea — A 56-year-old man has confessed to raping and murdering 14 women more than two decades ago, the South Korean police said on Wednesday, as they closed in on the man that they believe is the culprit in the country’s most infamous serial killings. Lee Chun-jae emerged as a prime suspect in […]

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Joachim Messing, 73, Who Charted the DNA of Viruses and Plants, Dies

Joachim Messing, a pioneer of DNA sequencing whose techniques enabled scientists to study the building blocks of viruses, improve the yield of crop plants and understand the development of cancer in humans, died on Sept. 13 at his home in Somerset, N.J. He was 73. His death was confirmed by his son, Simon, who said […]

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What Whales and Dolphins Left Behind for Life in the Ocean

When the land-dwelling ancestors of today’s whales and dolphins slipped into the seas long ago, they gained many things, including flippers, the ability to hold their breath for long periods of time and thick, tough skin. Along the way they also discarded many traits that were no longer relevant or useful. In fact, as scientists […]

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‘Daytona Beach Serial Killer’ Suspect Is Arrested

The authorities in Florida have arrested a man they believe is responsible for the deaths of at least four women over the past decade. The police in Palm Beach County arrested Robert Hayes, 37, at his home in West Palm Beach on Sunday and charged him with the strangulation of Rachel Bey, 32, whose body […]

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Why This Scientist Keeps Receiving Packages of Serial Killers’ Hair

Those fortunate enough to have a head of hair generally leave 50 to 100 strands behind on any given day. Those hairs are hardy, capable of withstanding years or even centuries of rain, heat and wind. The trouble for detectives, or anyone else seeking to figure out who a strand of hair belonged to, is […]

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Why Aren’t There Better Cancer Drugs? Scientists May Have Picked the Wrong Targets

Twenty years ago, the fight against cancer seemed as if it were about to take a dramatic turn. Traditionally, cancer doctors fought the disease with crude weapons, often simply poisoning fast-growing cells whether they were cancerous or healthy. But then a team of researchers hit on a new strategy: drugs targeting proteins produced by cancer […]

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Why the N.Y.P.D.’s DNA Database Has Some People Worried

Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Carry an umbrella; there’s a chance of showers. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Labor Day (Sept. 2). ImageMaurice Sylla, who was asked to provide DNA to the police.CreditDemetrius Freeman for The New York Times The New York Police Department is ramping up the collection and storage of […]

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Jeffrey Epstein Hoped to Seed Human Race With His DNA

Jeffrey E. Epstein, the wealthy financier and accused sex trafficker, had an unusual dream: He hoped to seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women at his vast New Mexico ranch. Mr. Epstein over the years confided to scientists and others about his scheme, according to four people familiar with his thinking, although […]

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How White Nationalists See What They Want to See in DNA Tests

On the hate site Stormfront, one of the largest online discussion forums dedicated to “white pride,” sharing DNA results with fellow members has become a rite of passage for some members. But what happens when users’ results show that they fail to meet their own genetic criteria for whiteness? Are they still willing to post […]

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DNA Begins to Unlock Secrets of the Ancient Philistines

For thousands of years, the story of the Philistines has been told through the lens of their enemies, such as the ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians and the writers of the Hebrew Bible — who described David’s defeat of Goliath, the mighty Philistine warrior. While little of the Philistines’ stories about themselves endure, ancient DNA from […]

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Genealogy Sites Have Helped Identify Suspects. Now They’ve Helped Convict One.

EVERETT, Wash. — It has been used to identify more than 40 murder and rape suspects in cases as much as a half-century old. It has led to guilty pleas and confessions, including in one case where another man was convicted of the crime. Genetic genealogy — in which DNA samples are used to find […]

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Meet the Narluga, Hybrid Son of a Narwhal Mom and a Beluga Whale Dad

On a remote island in Disko Bay, Greenland, a scientist in 1990 was collecting specimens of narwhals, the whales with unicorn-like tusks. He noticed an unusual skull on a hunter’s roof. The teeth were bizarre: The top ones pointed forward. A couple spiraled out. They looked like a mix of narwhal and beluga, but with […]

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Want to See My Genes? Get a Warrant

Someone broke into a church in Centerville, Utah, last November and attacked the organist who was practicing there. In March, after a conventional investigation came up empty, a police detective turned to forensic consultants at Parabon NanoLabs. Using the publicly accessible website GEDmatch, the consultants found a likely distant genetic relative of the suspect, whose […]

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Diet for One? Scientists Stalk the Dream of Personalized Nutrition

A decade ago, spurred by the success of the Human Genome Project and the affordability of genetic sequencing, scientists began to explore the promise of “nutrigenomics.” Could personalized nutrition, informed by knowledge of an individual’s DNA, help prevent and even treat diet-related diseases? The results of early studies from Harvard, Stanford and elsewhere were compelling: […]

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A New Way to Solve a Murder, Part 2: The Future of Genetic Privacy

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The police identified a suspect in a double murder after combing through DNA profiles on a website designed to connect family members. We look at what his trial will tell us about the future of genetic […]

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