October 19, 2019

The first modern Brits had ‘dark to black’ skin, new DNA analysis reveals

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By Tom Powell, Evening Standard From Business Insider UK The first modern Brit had “dark to black” skin. Facial reconstruction of Britain’s oldest complete skeleton — known as Cheddar Man — was documented for Channel 4, “The First Brit: Secrets of the 10,000 Year Old Man.” The research revealed unprecedented information about race in early […]

The Editor Speaks: Forms

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How many of us like filling in forms? If you do, you need to be assessed. Please fill in this form. And if you were assessed less than three years ago you must be reassessed. Please fill in this form. Where do you send this form? To government. The government department that deals with this […]

Geneticists reconstruct the DNA of a slave born into a Dutch colony in the Caribbean who escaped to Iceland –

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By CHEYENNE MACDONALD From DAILY MAIL UK – even though he died 200 years ago and his body has been lost Researchers reconstructed the maternal genome of escaped slave Hans Jonatan He was born in the late 1700s on the island of St Croix, and died in 1827 As a young man, he was brought […]

DNA is not an infallible test – everything depends on the researcher

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From Covert Intelligence LLC SAN JUAN, PR – January 2018 – Since the DNA was established as possible evidence in criminal cases in 1987, many scientific advances have developed and polished identification techniques thanks to this resource, making it more reliable and forceful as evidence in a court . However, these same advances allow us […]

Porsche Panamera

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The Porsche Panamera is Business Insider’s 2017 Car of the Year By Matthew DeBord and Benjamin Zhang From Business Insider Porsche Panamera Car of the year caroftheyear2017_final_3x4 (1) Our Porsche Panamera Turbo test car.Business Insider/Hollis Johnson/Mike Nudelman The Porsche Panamera takes the trophy for 2017. It beat out 14 other finalists, including the Chevy Bolt […]

DNA ‘robots’ could sort molecules in your blood

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By Jon Fingas From engadget A single genetic strand is all it takes. Robots are already good at sorting things, so wouldn’t it be nice if they could sort things out on a much smaller scale? They might soon. Caltech researchers have developed a ‘robot’ made from a single DNA strand that autonomously picks up […]

Malicious code written into DNA infects the computer that reads it

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By Devin Coldewey From TechCrunch In a mind-boggling world first, a team of biologists and security researchers have successfully infected a computer with a malicious program coded into a strand of DNA. It sounds like science fiction, but I assure you it’s quite real — although you probably don’t have to worry about this particular […]

CRISPR’d human embryos doesn’t mean designer babies are around the corner

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By Sarah Buhr From Techcrunch Earlier this week scientists stunned us with the announcement they’d genetically altered the first human embryos in the U.S. using CRISPR technology — but don’t hold your breath if you think the ability to make designer babies is right around the corner. Sure, we can do it, but most of […]

This massive fish species was somehow only just discovered

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By Mike Wehner From BGR Researchers regularly remind us that the world’s oceans are still hiding some truly remarkable secrets, but when we imagine new species of ocean life it’s usually tucked away in the crushing depths, or so tiny that we somehow didn’t notice it up until now. An all-new species of ocean sunfish […]

Kalter: Ease of finding sperm contributors raises worry

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By Lindsay Kalter From Boston Herald Are you my ‘donor daddy?’ A 57-year-old Los Angeles man — whose donated sperm impregnated women from Massachusetts to the Cayman Islands — is making news after he struck up relationships with his 19 offspring. He has also sparked concerns among doctors that men might become more skittish about […]