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  • Texan freed by DNA test after 25 years exonerated

    10/12/2011 4:28:38 PM PDT · by posterchild · 40 replies
    AP via news.yahoo.com ^ | Wed Oct 12, 2011 | Will Weissert
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas appeals court on Wednesday formally exonerated a man who spent nearly 25 years in prison for his wife's 1986 fatal beating, reaffirming a judge's decision to set him free last week after DNA tests linked the killing to another man. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals declared Michael Morton innocent of killing his wife, Christine, and made him eligible to receive $80,000 from the state for each year of confinement, or about $2 million total. Morton, 57, was convicted on the basis of circumstantial evidence and sentenced to life in prison. He maintained over...
  • A micro-RNA as a key regulator of learning and Alzheimer's disease

    09/23/2011 8:22:09 AM PDT · by decimon · 9 replies
    Scientists identify an RNA molecule as a potential target for new Alzheimer's therapies Göttingen, September 23rd, 2011. Proteins are the molecular machines of the cell. They transport materials, cleave products or transmit signals – and for a long time, they have been a main focus of attention in molecular biology research. In the last two decades, however, another class of critically important molecules has emerged: small RNA molecules, including micro-RNAs. It is now well established that micro-RNAs play a key role in the regulation of cell function."A micro-RNA regulates the production of an estimated 300-400 proteins. This class of molecules...
  • Italian Court Rules Out New DNA Tests in Knox Case (video)

    09/07/2011 6:43:35 PM PDT · by rawhide · 24 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 9-7-11
    Italian Court Rules Out New DNA Tests in Knox Case http://video.foxnews.com/v/1147833844001/italian-court-rules-out-new-dna-tests-in-knox-case/
  • Get ready for the real Jurrasic Park (what could go wrong?)

    09/06/2011 6:35:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 09/06/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    We may not be able to restore any measurable level of confidence in the American economy, but gosh darn it, we might just be able to restore the wooly mammoth. Scientists, having solved all the other ills facing humanity, may be on the verge of making Steven Spielberg’s vision come true, according to CBS news. The very definition of extinct means forever, but what if that didn’t have to be? As Lesley Stahl reported in early 2010, scientists are making remarkable advances that are bringing us closer than ever before to the possibility of a true animal resurrection.Who wouldn’t be...
  • Star Trek - Next Generation Scene

    09/05/2011 11:26:22 AM PDT · by Sokol · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Sokol
    I am looking for a scene in one of the Star Trek (Next Generation) episodes. The scene has members of the crew going to the Doctor's (I think - maybe another character) room to look for a strand of hair to use to replicate her DNA. She is not on the ship and something has happened to the transporter. I can't remember all the details. I teach forensic science and want to use this for my class. If you know which episode, please let me know. Thanks for any help.
  • New book disputes claim Jefferson fathered children of slave Hemings

    08/31/2011 9:24:49 AM PDT · by tellw · 35 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, August 30, 2011 | Stephen Dinan
    In a book due out Thursday, eminent scholars say it's unlikely that Thomas Jefferson fathered Sally Hemings' children, disputing a decade's worth of conventional wisdom that the author of the Declaration of Independence sired offspring with one of his slaves. The debate has ensnared historians for years, and many thought the issue was settled when DNA testing in the late 1990s confirmed that a Jefferson male fathered Hemings' youngest son, Eston. But, with one lone dissenter, the panel of 13 scholars doubted the claim and said the evidence points instead to Jefferson's brother Randolph as the father.
  • A 9/11 Victim Is Identified by the Medical Examiner

    08/23/2011 3:45:25 PM PDT · by Palter · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 23 Aug 2011 | Al Baker
    The New York City medical examiner’s office said on Tuesday that it had identified the remains of Ernest James, 40, a victim of the World Trade Center attack. The remains were identified “within the last few days” through DNA testing, said Ellen S. Borakove, a spokeswoman for the office. She declined to disclose more specifics about what type of remains were tested. Mr. James, who worked for the professional services company Marsh & McLennan, was one of nearly 300 members of the firm who died on Sept. 11, 2001. In addition, more than 60 consultants working with the firm that...
  • New leukemia treament exceeds 'wildest expectations'

    08/10/2011 1:39:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 68 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/10/11 | Robert Bazell
    Doctors have treated only three leukemia patients, but the sensational results from a single shot could be one of the most significant advances in cancer research in decades. And it almost never happened. In the research published Wednesday, doctors at the University of Pennsylvania say the treatment made the most common type of leukemia completely disappear in two of the patients and reduced it by 70 percent in the third. In each of the patients as much as five pounds of cancerous tissue completely melted away in a few weeks, and a year later it is still gone
  • Half of European men share King Tut's DNA

    08/01/2011 10:50:56 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 73 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Aug 1, 2011 | Alice Baghdjian
    Up to 70 percent of British men and half of all Western European men are related to the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, geneticists in Switzerland said. Scientists at Zurich-based DNA genealogy centre, iGENEA, reconstructed the DNA profile of the boy Pharaoh, who ascended the throne at the age of nine, his father Akhenaten and grandfather Amenhotep III, based on a film that was made for the Discovery Channel. The results showed that King Tut belonged to a genetic profile group, known as haplogroup R1b1a2, to which more than 50 percent of all men in Western Europe belong, indicating that they share...
  • 'Extraordinary' genetic make-up of north-east Wales men

    07/23/2011 7:26:30 PM PDT · by Palter · 72 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 19 July 2011 | BBC
    Experts are asking people from north-east Wales to provide a DNA sample to discover why those from the area carry rare genetic make-up. So far, 500 people have taken part in the study which shows 30% of men carry an unusual type of Y chromosome, compared to 1% of men elsewhere the UK. Common in Mediterranean men, it was initially thought to suggest Bronze Age migrants 4,000 years ago. Sheffield University scientists explain the study at Wrexham Science Festival. 'Quite extraordinary' A team of scientists, led by Dr Andy Grierson and Dr Robert Johnston, from the University of Sheffield is...
  • A $1000 genome could be reached by 2013

    07/22/2011 6:15:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    http://www.physorg.com ^ | 07-21-2011 | Staff
    A new report published in the journal Nature describes the new machine created by Jonathan Rothberg of Ion Torrent Systems which uses semiconductors to decode DNA and takes them one step closer to being able to reach the goal of a $1000 human genome test. Their current machine consists of a silicon chip that has 1.2 million sensors consisting of miniature wells. These wells are filled with beads containing the DNA strands to be sequenced. Detectors in the well directly measure the hydrogen ions that are produced during DNA replication. Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, was the first to have...
  • Landlords use dog-poop DNA tests to track down owners

    06/28/2011 9:20:40 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/28/11 | Amelia Glynn
    I recently did the whole mixed-breed dog DNA testing shebang on Alice, using three of the most popular tests available: Wisdom Panel, BioPet and Canine Heritage. And while her results were, um...mixed, it was definitely a fun and interesting process. (More on this experience in a post next week.) Like me, most people test their mixed-breed dogs simply out of curiosity. Many mutts come from shelters and rescue groups where, although workers and volunteers do their best, a lot of background information isn't often available at the time of adoption. DNA tests can often shed light on our dog's ancestors,...
  • We are all mutants

    06/12/2011 10:39:43 AM PDT · by decimon · 28 replies
    Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute ^ | June 12, 2011 | Unknown
    First direct whole-genome measure of human mutation predicts 60 new mutations in each of usEach one of us receives approximately 60 new mutations in our genome from our parents. This striking value is reported in the first-ever direct measure of new mutations coming from mother and father in whole human genomes published today. For the first time, researchers have been able to answer the questions: how many new mutations does a child have and did most of them come from mum or dad? The researchers measured directly the numbers of mutations in two families, using whole genome sequences from the...
  • Tests Reveal Mislabeling of Fish

    05/27/2011 4:29:34 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 46 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5/26/11 | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    Scientists aiming their gene sequencers at commercial seafood are discovering rampant labeling fraud in supermarket coolers and restaurant tables: cheap fish is often substituted for expensive fillets, and overfished species are passed off as fish whose numbers are plentiful. Yellowtail stands in for mahi-mahi. Nile perch is labeled as shark, and tilapia may be the Meryl Streep of seafood, capable of playing almost any role. Recent studies by researchers in North America and Europe harnessing the new techniques have consistently found that 20 to 25 percent of the seafood products they check are fraudulently identified, fish geneticists say. Labeling regulation...
  • FBI wants DNA from Unabomber for Tylenol deaths probe (late 70's until his capture)

    05/20/2011 10:08:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    CTV ^ | 5/20/11
    FBI wants DNA from Unabomber for Tylenol deaths probeCTV.ca News Staff Date: Fri. May. 20 2011 8:22 AM ET The FBI won't say why it wants to obtain a DNA sample from Ted Kaczynski, the so-called Unabomber, after his name surfaced in a decades-long investigation into a series of U.S. deaths from tampered Tylenol packages. Kaczynski has been behind bars for more than a decade, after being captured and convicted of a series of mail bomb attacks that killed three Americans and injured 24 others. Those attacks began in the late 1970s and continued until Kaczynski's capture in 1996. Now...
  • State to double crime searches using family DNA[California]

    05/11/2011 7:27:27 PM PDT · by Palter · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | 09 May 2011 | Maura Dolan
    California's success in using 'familial searching' spurs Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris to increase funding for the controversial genetic sleuthing technique in rape, murder and cold cases. A young man followed a woman into a coffee shop as she prepared to open for business at 6 a.m. He put a knife to her throat, sexually assaulted her, barricaded her in a walk-in refrigerator and grabbed cash from the register before vanishing. The March 2008 attack near the Santa Cruz Harbor in a low-crime neighborhood unnerved the community and spawned an intense police hunt. "It is the kind of attack that communities...
  • Did DNA Finger bin Laden? (Experts ?)

    05/03/2011 7:06:17 AM PDT · by PilotDave · 16 replies
    NationalJournal ^ | May 2, 2011 | Maggie Fox
    Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee told the AP that more than one DNA sample was used to identify bin Laden. One problem – whose DNA did they compare it to? According to several reports, U.S. intelligence experts have been collecting DNA from Osama’s many relatives for years. Hospital officials in Boston have been unable to confirm reports that one source of DNA was bin Laden’s half-sister, who allegedly died of brain cancer at a Harvard-affiliated hospital. Bin Laden had plenty of half-brothers and half-sisters to offer DNA samples. He was the 17th child of Mohammed...
  • Report: DNA At Mass. General Confirms bin Laden's Death

    05/02/2011 6:54:12 AM PDT · by UniqueViews · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Boston ABC News ^ | May 2, 2011 | ABC Boston
    The death of a sister of Osama bin Laden at Massachusetts General Hospital allowed the United States to confirm bin Laden's death, ABC News reported. Officials said bin Laden's identity was confirmed through DNA testing.
  • The Genographic Project (Have Your DNA Checked, Find Your Roots)

    06/15/2005 11:34:14 AM PDT · by blam · 233 replies · 8,195+ views
    The Genographic ProjectPublic participation, including yours, is critical to the Genographic Project's success. Here's how you can get involved: Purchasing a Public Participation Kit will fund important research around the world—and open the door to the ancient past of your own genetic background. With a simple and painless cheek swab you can sample your own DNA. You'll submit the sample through our secure, private, and completely anonymous system, then log on to the project Web site to track your personal results online. This is not a genealogy test and you won't learn about your great grandparents. You will learn,...
  • Pssst! Don't tell the creationists, but scientists don't have a clue how life began

    02/28/2011 1:23:34 PM PST · by Abathar · 70 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 2/28/2011 | John Horgan
    Exactly 20 years ago, I wrote an article for Scientific American that, in draft form, had the headline above. My editor nixed it, so we went with something less dramatic: "In the Beginning…: Scientists are having a hard time agreeing on when, where and—most important—how life first emerged on the earth." That editor is gone now, so I get to use my old headline, which is even more apt today. Dennis Overbye just wrote a status report for The New York Times on research into life's origin, based on a conference on the topic at Arizona State University. Geologists, chemists,...
  • After touching your junk, TSA now wants to scan and harvest your DNA

    02/28/2011 7:50:24 AM PST · by JustSurrounded · 41 replies
    Natural News ^ | February 28, 2011 | Mike Adams
    As if it's not enough for the TSA to feel you up at the airport, now they're experimenting with rapid results DNA scanners that can scan and analyze your DNA using just a drop of saliva. Spit at the TSA agent who is molesting you, in other words, and they can use that saliva to scan your DNA and then store it in a government database. Why would they want to do that? We can only imagine. Remember, it was Alex Jones who broke the story about hospitals secretly taking blood samples of babies and handing them over to the...
  • Drugstores Now Selling Do-It- yourself DNA Paternity Tests

    02/15/2011 8:52:10 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12/15/11 | Colby Hall
    Recent studies indicate that the number of fathers are unknowingly raising children that aren’t their own; roughly 2% of all fathers in the study are unaware that their wives gave birth to a child conceived with another man. A pretty small number to be sure, but 2% of the roughly 4 million fathers in New York city works out to 80,000 disappointed, angry and humiliated dudes walking around America’s largest city. Why is this suddenly relevant? Because NY drug store chain Duane Reade is now selling do-it-yourself paternity kits. Great. According to CBSNews New York: The do-it-yourself kits are
  • Scientists Find DNA Change Accounting for White Skin (White People "Greatest Cause of Strife"!)

    01/30/2011 5:47:11 PM PST · by Williams · 133 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 1/28/11 | Rick Weiss
    Scientists said yesterday that they have discovered a tiny genetic mutation that largely explains the first appearance of white skin in humans tens of thousands of years ago, a finding that helps solve one of biology's most enduring mysteries and illuminates one of humanity's greatest sources of strife. .................
  • Nobel Laureate Claims Teleported DNA

    01/22/2011 1:32:46 PM PST · by The Comedian · 66 replies
    New Scientists via Kurzweil ^ | 12 January 2011 | Andy Coghlan
    http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20927952.900-scorn-over-claim-of-teleported-dna.html A Nobel prizewinner is reporting that DNA can be generated from its teleported "quantum imprint" A STORM of scepticism has greeted experimental results emerging from the lab of a Nobel laureate which, if confirmed, would shake the foundations of several fields of science. "If the results are correct," says theoretical chemist Jeff Reimers of the University of Sydney, Australia, "these would be the most significant experiments performed in the past 90 years, demanding re-evaluation of the whole conceptual framework of modern chemistry." Luc Montagnier, who shared the Nobel prize for medicine in 2008 for his part in establishing that...
  • Bill would pay exonerated inmates $50,000 per year (WA state)

    01/17/2011 12:52:12 PM PST · by llevrok · 67 replies
    KOMO News (Seattle) ^ | 1/16/2011 | Gene Johnson
    SEATTLE - Alan Northrop spent 17 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit. When he was finally exonerated, he received no compensation from Washington state. Instead, he got a six-figure child-support bill. Rep. Tina Orwall says the episode illustrates a failure on the part of the state. She's planning to introduce legislation this week that would recompense wrongfully convicted inmates for their time behind bars, bringing Washington into line with more than half of U.S. states and the federal government. It calls for giving former inmates found to be actually innocent $50,000 per year in prison, plus $50,000...
  • Lice DNA Study Shows Humans First Wore Clothes 170,000 Years Ago

    01/09/2011 9:30:07 AM PST · by Salman · 21 replies
    Science Daily ^ | Jan. 7, 2011 | Science Daily staff writer
    A new University of Florida study following the evolution of lice shows modern humans started wearing clothes about 170,000 years ago, a technology which enabled them to successfully migrate out of Africa. Principal investigator David Reed, associate curator of mammals at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus, studies lice in modern humans to better understand human evolution and migration patterns. His latest five-year study used DNA sequencing to calculate when clothing lice first began to diverge genetically from human head lice. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the study is available online and appears in this...
  • UPDATED: DNA Computer Server Moved to Santa Fe (NM-Richardson's last gasp)

    12/29/2010 7:05:11 PM PST · by CedarDave · 5 replies · 3+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 29, 2010 | Susan Montoya Bryan/AP
    Gov. Bill Richardson's administration and Gov.-elect Susana Martinez continued to play tug-of-war Wednesday over a state operation that is charged with processing DNA samples and maintaining related records on thousands of criminals across New Mexico. The incoming Republican governor, Democratic legislative leaders, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocacy groups and others have opposed the department's plan to relocate the lab.
  • WHO OWNS YOUR DNA? Just 4 days to influence the decision

    12/28/2010 1:26:43 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 35 replies · 5+ views
    At issue in this lawsuit is whether citizens own their DNA or whether government can claim newborn citizen DNA as state government property. What could be more yours than your DNA? Yet, the State of Minnesota has claimed the DNA of every baby born since July 1, 1997. The DNA of nearly 1 million citizen-children is warehoused without parent knowledge or consent by the State. Genetic research is conducted without consent. The MN Department of Health (MDH) has continued taking, using, and sharing newborn citizen DNA even though a 2006 genetic privacy law made it illegal to collect, store, use...
  • Suspect Charged in 1991 Cold Case Killing of San Jose Woman

    12/27/2010 10:07:47 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Nearly two decades after the discovery of Julie Bucalo's strangled body in a secluded San Jose cottage, prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 60-year-old prisoner in her death. Santa Clara County prosecutors filed charges against Ralph Baldenegro after DNA evidence linked him to the Feb. 4, 1991, strangulation of Bucalo. "We finally got some closure, which is really great, but it's still really sad that this person had to do this," said her brother, Charles Bucalo. "It's so emotional to just finally get this cleared out of the way. My dad is 93 years old and in a rest home. I'm...
  • Scientists say new human relative roamed widely in Asia

    12/25/2010 1:48:33 AM PST · by Islander7 · 21 replies · 2+ views
    Star Advertiser ^ | Dec 22, 2010 | MALCOLM RITTER
    NEW YORK — Scientists have recovered the DNA code of a human relative recently discovered in Siberia, and it delivered a surprise: This relative roamed far from the cave that holds its only known remains. By comparing the DNA to that of modern populations, scientists found evidence that these "Denisovans" from more than 30,000 years ago ranged all across Asia. They apparently interbred with the ancestors of people now living in Melanesia, a group of islands northeast of Australia.
  • Genome of extinct Siberian cave-dweller linked to modern-day humans

    12/23/2010 10:27:59 AM PST · by LucyT · 26 replies · 2+ views
    EurekaAlert.org ^ | 22-Dec-2010 | Bobbie Mixon, National Science Foundation
    Sequencing of ancient DNA reveals new hominin population that is neither Neanderthal nor modern human Researchers have discovered evidence of a distinct group of "archaic" humans existing outside of Africa more than 30,000 years ago at a time when Neanderthals are thought to have dominated Europe and Asia. But genetic testing shows that members of this new group were not Neanderthals, and they interbred with the ancestors of some modern humans who are alive today. Until last year, the mainstream view in genetics was that modern humans inherited essentially their entire DNA makeup from Neanderthal-related individuals when they migrated from...
  • Obama Announces Support for UN Resolution Stating 'Indigenous Peoples ...

    12/21/2010 11:53:50 AM PST · by yoe · 186 replies · 2+ views
    CNSNEWS ^ | December 21, 2010 | Penny Starr
    President Barack Obama, addressing a tribal nations conference at the White House last week, announded that the U.S. government is now supporting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, which includes a sweeping declaration that "indigenous peoples" have a right to lands and resources they traditionally occupied or "otherwise used." "Indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired," says the U.N. resolution. The Bush administration had declined to support the resolution. At the White House Tribal Nations Conference, Obama reminded the group that...
  • Science of man-made life can proceed: White House

    12/16/2010 8:11:42 PM PST · by Abin Sur · 55 replies · 1+ views
    Breitbart ^ | Dec 16, 2010 | Breitbart
    The White House on Thursday said the controversial field of synthetic biology, or manipulating the DNA of organisms to forge new life forms, poses limited risks and should be allowed to proceed. An expert panel convened by President Barack Obama advised vigilance and self-regulation as scientists seeks ways to create new organisms that could spark useful innovations in clean energy, pollution control and medicine. The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues "concluded that synthetic biology is capable of significant but limited achievements posing limited risks," it said in its first report. "Future developments may raise further objections, but...
  • Pasco Man Arrested on Warrant for 1983 Murder in Seattle

    12/14/2010 10:12:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 1+ views
    St. Petersburg ^ | Wednesday, December 15, 2010 | Erin Sullivan
    If John Wayne Folds is what deputies say he is, a killer, then he's been on the lam for 27 years. The 45-year-old self-employed painter was arrested Tuesday morning at his home on Jenner Drive and charged with murdering a man in Seattle in 1983. The cold case squad at the King County Sheriff's Office got a DNA hit on evidence left at the scene, which led them to Folds. "These cases are never closed. They are never forgotten," said Sgt. John Urquhart of the King County Sheriff's Office, "and we are going to do everything we can to solve...
  • Chinese villagers 'descended from Roman soldiers'

    11/27/2010 2:33:35 AM PST · by the scotsman · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 27th November 2010 | Nick Squires
    'Genetic testing of villagers in a remote part of China has shown that nearly two thirds of their DNA is of Caucasian origin, lending support to the theory that they may be descended from a 'lost legion' of Roman soldiers.'
  • Roman Descendants Found In China?

    02/01/2007 6:08:49 PM PST · by blam · 35 replies · 2,539+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-2-2007 | Richard Spencer
    Roman descendants found in China? By Richard Spencer in Liqian, north-west China Last Updated: 1:33am GMT 02/02/2007 Sound and vision: Richard Spencer visits the village of Liqian, China(Click at site) Residents of a remote Chinese village are hoping that DNA tests will prove one of history's most unlikely legends — that they are descended from Roman legionaries lost in antiquity. Villager Cai Junnian with his green eyes and ruddy complexion Scientists have taken blood samples from 93 people living in and around Liqian, a settlement in north-western China on the fringes of the Gobi desert, more than 200 miles from...
  • Romans in China?

    07/18/2004 8:43:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies · 1,650+ views
    Archaeology ^ | Volume 52 Number 3, May/June 1999 | Erling Hoh
    This idea was first proposed by Homer Hasenphlug Dubs, an Oxford University professor of Chinese history, who speculated in 1955 that some of the 10,000 Roman prisoners taken by the Parthians after the battle of Carrhae in southeastern Turkey in 53 B.C. made their way east to Uzbekistan to enlist with Jzh Jzh against the Han. Chinese accounts of the battle, in which Jzh Jzh was decapitated and his army defeated, note unusual military formations and the use of wooden fortifications foreign to the nomadic Huns. Dubs postulated that after the battle the Chinese employed the Roman mercenaries as border...
  • Roman Legion Founded Chinese City

    07/31/2005 12:31:23 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies · 3,270+ views
    Ansa ^ | 7-25-2005
    Roman legion founded Chinese city Survivors of Crassus's routed army said to have built town (ANSA) - Florence, July 25 - Roman soldiers who disappeared after a famous defeat founded a city in eastern China, archaeologists say . The phantom legion was part of the defeated forces of Marcus Licinius Crassus, according to the current edition of the Italian magazine Archeologia Viva . The famously wealthy Crassus needed glory to rival the exploits of the two men with whom he ruled Rome as the First Triumvirate, Pompey the Great and Julius Caesar . Crassus decided to bring down the Parthian...
  • Anthropologists looking for Roman legion in China

    11/22/2010 4:06:21 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Newstrack India ^ | Sunday, November 21, 2010 | ANI
    Experts at the newly established Italian Studies Center at Lanzhou University in Gansu province are looking into the possibility that some European-looking Chinese in Northwest China are the descendants of a lost army from the Roman Empire. They will conduct excavations on a section of the Silk Road, a 7,000-kilometer trade route that linked Asia and Europe more than 2,000 years ago, to see if a legion of Roman soldiers settled in China, said Yuan Honggeng, head of the center, reports China Daily... Before Marco Polo's travels to China in the 13th century, the only known contact between the two...
  • Chinese villagers 'descended from Roman soldiers'

    11/24/2010 2:29:16 PM PST · by markomalley · 37 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/23/2010 | NIck Squires
    Cai Junnian's green eyes give a hint he may be a descendant of Roman mercenaries who allegedly fought the Han Chinese 2,000 years ago Genetic testing of villagers in a remote part of China has shown that nearly two thirds of their DNA is of Caucasian origin, lending support to the theory that they may be descended from a 'lost legion' of Roman soldiers. Tests found that the DNA of some villagers in Liqian, on the fringes of the Gobi Desert in north-western China, was 56 per cent Caucasian in origin. Many of the villagers have blue or green...
  • Why I Eat Lion and Other Exotic Meats

    11/21/2010 5:42:03 PM PST · by Immerito · 34 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 11/08/2010 | Dave Arnold
    n the November issue, we looked at how scientists are using DNA analysis to track down endangered species that are being hunted for food. Here, Dave Arnold talks about why some people prefer exotic meats. For the most part, Americans are obsessed with tenderness, and favor mild-flavored meat. We eat a fairly small number of animals, almost all of them slaughtered young, when their meat is at its least flavorful. Fortunately, some of us are starting to realize that meat can be much more interesting. As the food revolution continues to gain traction, our ancestral lust for robust, unusual meats...
  • The Insanity Virus

    11/18/2010 7:12:58 PM PST · by MetaThought · 26 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | published online November 8, 2010 | Douglas Fox
    The Insanity VirusSchizophrenia has long been blamed on bad genes or even bad parents. Wrong, says a growing group of psychiatrists. The real culprit, they claim, is a virus that lives entwined in every person's DNA. by Douglas Fox Steven and David Elmore were born identical twins, but their first days in this world could not have been more different. David came home from the hospital after a week. Steven, born four minutes later, stayed behind in the ICU. For a month he hovered near death in an incubator, wracked with fever from what doctors called a dangerous viral infection....
  • 'Naked' scanners at US airports may be dangerous: scientists

    11/15/2010 12:21:52 PM PST · by george76 · 66 replies · 3+ views
    AFP ^ | November 12th, 2010
    Some US scientists warned Friday that the full-body, graphic-image X-ray scanners now being used to screen passengers and airline crews at airports around the country may be unsafe. "They say the risk is minimal, but statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays," Dr Michael Love, who runs an X-ray lab at the department of biophysics and biophysical chemistry at Johns Hopkins University school of medicine, told AFP. "No exposure to X-ray is considered beneficial. We know X-rays are hazardous but we have a situation at the airports where people are so eager to fly that they...
  • Early Cities Spurred Evolution of Immune System? [ "Amazing" DNA results show benefits ]

    11/12/2010 9:03:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies · 1+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | November 8, 2010 | Matt Kaplan
    As in cities today, the earliest towns helped expose their inhabitants to inordinate opportunities for infection -- and today their descendants are stronger for it, a new study says. "If cities increase the amount of disease people are exposed to, shouldn't they also, over time, make them natural places for disease resistance to evolve?" asked study co-author Mark Thomas, a biologist at University College London... study co-author Ian Barnes, a molecular paleobiologist at University College London, screened DNA samples from 17 groups long associated with particular regions of Europe, Asia, and Africa -- for example Anatolian Turks and the southern...
  • Pompeii's Mystery Horse Is a Donkey

    11/03/2010 8:28:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Softpedia ^ | Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 | Smaranda Biliuti
    Back in 2004, when academics unearthed skeletons found at a house in the ancient Roman town that was covered in ashes in 79 AD, they thought it belonged to an extinct breed of horse... What happened really was that there seems to have been a mix-up in the lab, which led to horse DNA being combined with donkey DNA, creating an artificial hybrid that actually never existed. Six years ago, the skeletons of equids having belonged to a rich Roman household in Pompeii were analyzed. There were found in the stables of a probably wealthy politician, and all five of...
  • DNA reveals identity of Passenger Pigeon

    10/31/2010 5:11:44 AM PDT · by Palter · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Birdwatch ^ | 30 Oct 2010 | Birdwatch
    The extinct Passenger Pigeon, once the most numerous bird species in the world, has had its closest living relatives identified by DNA extracted from museum specimens.The Passenger Pigeon was a forest nomad, breeding in vast colonies and following sporadic crops of acorns and chestnuts around the dense deciduous forests of the eastern and central United States. the forests were once so vast that they could support tens of millions of the birds, which were known to form flocks so huge that they darkened the sky when dispersing. This made them easy prey for hunters' guns, and the greed and over-exploitation...
  • Best Use of DNA Evidence Ever!

    10/21/2010 8:29:27 AM PDT · by jazminerose · 11 replies
    www.joytiz.com ^ | 10/21/10 | Joy Tiz
    A judge has approved the collection of DNA samples from two Democrats in Troy, New York in a voter fraud scandal. Troy City Clerk, William A. McInerney and Councilman Michael LoPorto–both Democrats–are targets in a criminal investigation into forged absentee ballots for the Working Families Party, which calls itself New York’s most “progressive” party. “Progressive” is Newspeak for “liberal.” The Working Families Party is disappointed in the current crop of Democrats for their failure to fall far enough to the left. No wonder then, that the party needs a bit of an assist from corrupt politicians. "During a brief hearing...
  • Man Cleared in 1984 Rape Gets $18.5M From NYC

    10/20/2010 7:51:59 AM PDT · by Palter · 27 replies
    AP ^ | 20 Oct 2010 | AP
    A jury has awarded $18.5 million to a New York City man who was exonerated four years ago after spending more than two decades in prison. Alan Newton was cleared by DNA evidence in 2006. He had been sentenced in 1985 to up to 40 years in prison after being convicted of raping a woman in an abandoned building. In awarding the money Tuesday, the federal jury in Manhattan ruled the city had violated Newton's constitutional rights. It also found two police officers had failed to produce Newton's evidence when requested. The city says it will appeal. Newton told The...
  • Mexican drug toll: 10th mayor slain, another wounded

    09/25/2010 3:18:36 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 35 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 09.24.10 | TIM JOHNSON
    MEXICO CITY -- As if Mexicans needed more evidence that criminal groups are trying to hijack the political life of the nation, it came with a ferocious triple-whammy punch in the past 24 hours. Assailants shot and seriously wounded the mayor-elect of a town in the border state of Chihuahua on Friday afternoon, less than a day after commandos in Nuevo Leon state executed a sitting mayor, making him the 10th municipal chief slain so far this year. In Mexico City, a fugitive legislator with drug charges pending against him sneaked into Congress and took his seat, automatically obtaining immunity...
  • ACTION REQUEST - BABY DNA (MN)

    09/15/2010 12:56:24 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies
    Citizens' Council on Health Care ^ | 9-15-10 | Twila Brase
    As a result of our request, more than 160 individual requests from parentshave been sent to the Minnesota Department of Health seeking information on how their child's newborn bloodspots (DNA) was used. That's a great start, but we need many more parents to act. OUR GOAL - There are 73,000 children born every year in Minnesota. We want at least 3,650 parent requests sent to the health department. That's just 5% of the number of baby DNA specimens collected and retained in ONE year. Child Health Profiles: We expect to find one or more of the nearly 59,000 children used...