Tag: DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid)

Police in Florida Arrest Suspect in 1980s ‘Pillowcase Rapist’ Cases

For years, he terrorized South Florida, sneaking into women’s homes, attacking them with a sharp object and then raping them while he covered their faces or his own with a cloth. Dubbed the “Pillowcase Rapist,” he was suspected of sexually assaulting 45 women in the 1980s, and was the subject of an extensive manhunt. The […]

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DNA Collection at the Border Threatens the Privacy of All Americans

What if the United States government took the DNA of vast numbers of Americans for use without their consent? The Trump administration has just brought us one step closer to that dystopia. On January 6, the federal government began collecting DNA from any person in immigration custody — previously, it had required only fingerprints. With […]

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Ancient DNA from West Africa Adds to Picture of Humans’ Rise

In October 2015, scientists reconstructed the genome of a 4,500-year-old man who lived in Ethiopia. It was the first time that anyone had created a complete genetic snapshot of an African from an ancient skeleton. Since then, other researchers have recovered DNA from skeletons unearthed in other regions of the continent. Now researchers have found […]

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