Stories tagged: DNA
UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 2:29 p.m.
Use of DNA in serial killer probe sparks privacy concerns
The genealogy website used to find the man accused of being California’s Golden State Killer had no idea its database was tapped in pursuit of a suspect who eluded law …
Sun., April 15, 2018
Company believes DNA testing promises better wine selection for the masses
Can genetic screening also tell if you’re predisposed to cabernet? A group of doctors-turned-entrepreneurs started a company called Vinome to answer this question.
Tue., March 6, 2018, 9:32 a.m.
DNA evidence links Montana killing to convicted murderer
Motions filed to overturn the homicide convictions of two men in a 1994 Montana killing reveal that another man serving a life sentence for a double murder told family members …
UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 18, 2018, 8:20 p.m.
Medical examiner taps DNA science to find missing persons
New York City’s medical examiner is leading a nationwide effort to collect genetic material and match it with unidentified human remains. It’s a way to finally give family members some …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 2:11 p.m.
Ancient DNA gives glimpse of ancestors of Native Americans
DNA from an infant who died in Alaska some 11,500 years ago is giving scientists the best look yet at the genetics of the ancestors of today’s native peoples of …
UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 7:12 p.m.
DNA kits raise security concerns
As DNA tests proliferate, though, some experts worry that consumers may be getting a bad bargain. They say DNA data may fall into the wrong hands, betraying consumers and even …
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 5:20 p.m.
Murder charge dismissed against ex-Pasco cop accused in 1986 Spokane homicide
A murder charge against a former Pasco police officer accused of killing a Spokane woman in 1986 was dropped Wednesday as a result of DNA evidence.
Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
Expanding DNA’s alphabet lets cells produce novel proteins
Scientists are expanding the genetic code of life, using artificial DNA to create semi-synthetic bacteria – and now they’ve found the altered bugs can produce proteins unlike those found in …
Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 5 a.m.
U.S. scientists try first gene editing in the body
Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to try to cure a disease.
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 12:22 p.m.
Researchers shed light on Neanderthals’ legacy in humans
BERLIN – Some human traits that are linked to sunlight – including mood and sleep patterns – may be influenced by a person’s Neanderthal forefathers, according to a study published …
Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 1:20 p.m.
Feeling old? DNA supports an early evolution of our species
A study of DNA from African fossils is providing new evidence that our species is a lot older than scientists had shown.
Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 11:49 a.m.
Dali foundation: DNA test disproves artist paternity suit
A paternity test has disproved a Spanish woman’s claim that she is the daughter of surrealist artist Salvador Dali, the deceased painter’s foundation announced Wednesday.
Sat., Sept. 2, 2017
Aaron Putzke: Genome editing poses questions for society
How we regulate this technology will be difficult at best, and disastrous at worst, if we do not engage all stakeholders, including the public.
Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 11:53 a.m.
New DNA evidence links murderer to 2 other killings, authorities say
Authorities say new DNA evidence links a convicted murderer to the unsolved 1974 murder of a Portland, Oregon woman whose body was found in a remote area northeast of Vancouver, …
UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 20, 2017, 8:51 p.m.
Omaha police purge DNA samples from controversial 2004 sweep
Police have destroyed DNA samples collected years ago from several black men in a controversial 2004 sweep in Omaha now that a suspect in a series of rapes has been …
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 9:27 p.m.
Turkey bones may help trace fate of ancient cliff dwellers
Researchers say they have found a new clue into the mysterious exodus of ancient cliff-dwelling people from the Mesa Verde area of Colorado more than 700 years ago: DNA from …
UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 5:26 p.m.
In surrealist twist, Dali exhumed in paternity lawsuit
Salvador Dali’s eccentric artistic and personal history took yet another bizarre turn Thursday with the exhumation of his embalmed remains in order to find genetic samples that could settle whether …
Wed., April 26, 2017, noon
Front Porch: Genomics exciting window into us all, Stefanie Pettit writes
We used to call it genetics, and, for most of us, it didn’t get more complicated than maybe learning a little about Gregor Mendel’s study of peas in science class …
UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 6:37 p.m.
DNA leads to arrest in murder of jogger in Massachusetts
DNA evidence is being credited with finding the man authorities say killed a New York City woman who was out running near her mother’s Massachusetts home last summer.
Thu., March 23, 2017, 3:57 p.m.
Unavoidable typos in DNA help fuel cancer
Cancer patients often wonder “why me?” Does their tumor run in the family? Did they try hard enough to avoid risks like smoking, too much sun or a bad diet?
Wed., March 22, 2017, 4:02 p.m.
Idaho man who didn’t match murder DNA freed after 20 years
An Idaho man who experts say was coerced into a false murder confession is now free after spending half of his life behind bars.
Thu., March 16, 2017, 9:22 a.m.
UK grants first license to make babies using DNA from three people
LONDON – Britain’s Newcastle University says its scientists have received a license to create babies using DNA from three people to prevent women from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases …
Wed., March 8, 2017, 4:49 p.m.
Neanderthal menu: Woolly rhino in Belgium, mushrooms in Spain
Eating like a caveman meant chowing down on woolly rhinos and sheep in Belgium, but munching on mushrooms, pine nuts and moss in Spain. It all depended on where they …
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017
To prevent serious conditions, scientists should be able to edit people’s DNA, panel says
Scientists should be allowed to alter a person’s DNA in ways that will be passed on to future generations, but only to prevent serious and strongly heritable diseases, according to …
Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 2:16 p.m.
Britain OKs making babies from DNA of 3 people in some cases
Britain’s fertility regulator has approved controversial techniques allowing doctors to create babies using DNA from three people – what it called a “historic” decision to help prevent a small number …
Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 12:18 p.m.
Prosecutor questions letter clearing JonBenet Ramsey family in toddler’s death
The Colorado district attorney overseeing the unsolved killing of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey says a former prosecutor should never have written a letter exonerating the girl’s family.
Thu., Nov. 24, 2016, 9:10 p.m.
Scientists go big with first aquatic species map for U.S. West
It sounds like a “Big Fish” story: a plan to create a biodiversity map identifying thousands of aquatic species in every river and stream in the western U.S. But scientists …
Fri., Aug. 5, 2016, 11:06 a.m.
U.S. approves GMO mosquito test, but no release imminent
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is giving final approval for a field trial releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys.
Thu., June 2, 2016, 3:46 p.m.
Ancestry puzzle complete for Coeur d’Alene woman
Heather Livergood considered herself lucky when she discovered who her birth mother was last year. She never thought the other half of the mystery - her father’s identity - would …
Fri., April 1, 2016, 5:51 p.m.
Trial will go ahead for ex-Pasco police officer charged with killing prostitute
The ex-Pasco police officer accused of killing a Spokane prostitute in 1986 will proceed to trial after a judge ruled Friday against his attorney’s motion to drop charges.