Daily Archives: February 14, 2014

Tracing Ancestry, Researchers Produce a Genetic Atlas of Human Mixing Events

ChromosomeResearchers have found genetic evidence for hundreds of examples of the large-scale mixing of human populations in the past 4,000 years.

All you need is love – and some genetic luck

ValentineThe research, which took the rare approach of studying the same 156 middle-age and older heterosexual couples over 25 years, looked at everything from the way couples resolve conflicts to their DNA makeup.

DNA tests could confirm Mona Lisa model’s identity

MonaFlorence, February 14 – Italian experts are closing in on conclusive evidence of the identity of the sitter for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, one of the most iconic works in the history of art. Art historians believe that model was Lisa Del Giocondo neé Gherardini, wife of wealthy Florentine merchant Francesco Del Giocondo, who died in a convent in the Tuscan capital in the mid-16th century.

Written in Blood review: Forensic look at the science of crime

crime sceneMIKE SILVERMAN goes after the guilty – it’s in his DNA. And it’s not just criminals who are brought to book by his finely honed forensic skills.
As one of the UK’s leading forensic scientists he has helped put murderers, rapists, armed robbers, burglars and muggers behind bars.
In this self-examination of a distinguished career Silverman also points the finger at the politicians and finds them guilty in his eyes of crimes against the justice system.

DNA Bill gives voice to victims

DNA and justiceSouth Africa-The introduction of the DNA Bill into law will see more criminals caught and provide voices to voiceless rape survivors, such as children.
Speaking at a panel discussion in Johannesburg yesterday, rape survivor Lindie Mdlulie said DNA would be a conclusive factor when rape victims cannot speak for themselves in court.
The Bill, which allows police to take a DNA sample from suspected criminals, was passed by the National Assembly last year.