Daily Archives: December 22, 2010

Siberian Fossils Were Neanderthals’ Eastern Cousins, DNA Reveals

New York Times
An international team of scientists has identified a previously shadowy human group known as the Denisovans as cousins to Neanderthals who lived in Asia from roughly 400,000 to 50,000 years ago and interbred with the ancestors of today’s inhabitants of New Guinea.

Scientists track ancient gene ‘explosion’

BOSTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say an explosion of new genes more than 3 billion years ago created about a quarter of today’s DNA blueprint of all life.

Kingswinford cops go high-tech to battle Christmas crime

Stourbridge News UK
POLICE in Kingswinford are taking a high-tech approach to tackling Christmas crime by using new DNA technology.

DNA and justice denied

Los Angeles Times
We have seen repeatedly that DNA can shed light on wrongful convictions. To date, about 250 people who were wrongly convicted have been exonerated because of DNA evidence that was reexamined after they were pronounced guilty. But we are a long way from a system that grants fair access to DNA testing.

Marshall receives commendation for training DC police forensic analysts

WDBJ 7.com
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Marshall University Forensic Science Center has received a commendation for training forensic analysts from the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department.

‘Strangler’ Tips Needed, Not Vigilantes

My Fox Philly.com
$37K In Rewards Now Posted; 154 DNA Swabs Taken
PHILADELPHIA – City officials are offering $37,000 in rewards to help find a man who has killed twice and perhaps a third time, but they’re trying to discourage vigilante justice.