Jun 24, 2015

Government to conduct DNA tests on more remains of war dead

The government will conduct DNA tests on more unidentified remains collected from World War II battlefields and internment areas, and store the results in a database, welfare ministry sources said Tuesday. The move is part of an effort to identify the war dead and ...

May 23, 2015

Ethics of gene-editing technology debated

The leading U.S. scientific organization, responding to concerns expressed by scientists and ethicists, has launched an ambitious initiative to recommend guidelines for new genetic technology that has the potential to create “designer babies.” The technology, called CRISPR-Cas9, allows scientists to edit virtually any gene ...

U.S. to exhume 388 Pearl Harbor victims for DNA testing

Apr 16, 2015

U.S. to exhume 388 Pearl Harbor victims for DNA testing

The U.S. military plans to exhume the remains of 388 Americans killed in the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, in an unprecedented effort to identify troops using DNA testing, officials said. The effort will focus on sailors and marines from the USS Oklahoma ...

British DNA gives window into ancient past, Vikings and all

Mar 19, 2015

British DNA gives window into ancient past, Vikings and all

Genetic samples collected from across the United Kingdom are shedding light on the ancient past, including Viking invasions and a mystery about the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons, researchers report. The DNA also suggests that, genetically speaking, people in Wales are the closest matches to ...

Feb 27, 2015

Ancient wheat traces point to Stone Age trading links

Britons may have discovered a taste for bread thousands of years earlier than previously thought, thanks to trade with more advanced neighbors on the European continent. That’s the conclusion scientists have drawn after discovering that samples from a now-submerged prehistoric camp in southern England ...

Feb 11, 2015

Argentina probes mystery DNA found at dead prosecutor's home

Argentine forensic experts began work Tuesday to trace the source of unidentified DNA found at the home of a prosecutor who died mysteriously while investigating alleged misconduct by President Cristina Fernandez. Investigators searching prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s Buenos Aires apartment after he was found dead ...