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 ...

Thailand says no DNA match yet for two slain Britons

Sep 18, 2014

Thailand says no DNA match yet for two slain Britons

Police in Thailand said Wednesday that DNA samples from the bodies of two British tourists found bludgeoned on a resort island did not match any collected from 12 people who were among those in the area. Police also conducted autopsies that showed that 23-year-old ...

Sep 4, 2014

DNA-cleared U.S. half-brothers freed after three decades in prison

North Carolina’s longest-serving death-row inmate and his younger half-brother walked out as free men Wednesday, three decades after they were convicted of raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl who DNA evidence shows may have been killed by another man. Henry McCollum, 50, hugged his ...

Israeli soldier's death proven by DNA samples from tunnel

Aug 4, 2014

Israeli soldier's death proven by DNA samples from tunnel

The Israeli army on Sunday confirmed the death of missing Lt. Hadar Goldin by checking the DNA of parts of his body that were found in a tunnel. Goldin was listed as missing in action on Friday following a deadly incident in southern Gaza ...

Police find body of fugitive South Korea ferry owner

Jul 22, 2014

Police find body of fugitive South Korea ferry owner

South Korean police say they’ve found a body of a fugitive billionaire businessman sought over April’s ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing. Police officer Wu Hyung-ho told a televised news conference Tuesday that the body was found at a ...

Jul 11, 2014

Pros and cons of genetic testing

More and more nonmedical companies are offering genetic testing services that inform people of their risks of developing cancer, diabetes and other diseases, but customers often don't understand the limits of such tests. Nor do they know what providers may do with such personal ...