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 ...

U.S.  analysis suggests Philippine forces killed terror suspect

Feb 5, 2015

U.S. analysis suggests Philippine forces killed terror suspect

DNA analysis suggests that Philippine authorities have killed one of Southeast Asia’s most wanted terror suspects in a recent clash with Muslim rebels, the FBI said Wednesday. Philippine President President Benigno Aquino III last week said that the suspect, a Malaysian called Zulkifli bin ...

Dec 16, 2014

Ancient DNA reveals history of horse domestication

Speed, smarts, and the heart of a champion: using genomic analysis, scientists have identified DNA changes that helped turn ancient horses such as those in prehistoric cave art into today’s Secretariats and Black Beautys, researchers reported Monday. Understanding the genetic changes involved in equine ...

Nov 28, 2014

Porpoise slaughter: Seals fingered in whodunnit

It seemed like an open-and-shut case — a beach mystery that a 10-year-old detective with an ice cream and some time on his hands could figure out. For the better part of a decade, hundreds of harbor porpoises washed up along the southeastern coastline ...

Nov 11, 2014

Only two bones identifiable in Mexico massacre: attorney general

Mexico’s attorney general downplayed chances Monday of ever identifying charred remains attributed to the suspected massacre of 43 students, saying only two bones were salvageable for DNA tests. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said the remains found in the southern state of Guerrero were ...