Daily Archives: September 15, 2014

DNA ties Ashkenazi Jews to group from Middle Ages

Blue and black helixAll of the Ashkenazi Jews alive today can trace their roots to a group of about 330 people who lived 600 to 800 years ago.
So says a new study in the journal Nature Communications. An international team of scientists sequenced the complete genomes of 128 healthy Ashkenazi Jews and compared each of those sequences with the others, as well as with the DNA of 26 Flemish people from Belgium. Their analysis allowed them to trace the genetic roots of this population to a founding group in the Middle Ages.

Processing evidence requires many tests

processing evidenceIn this three-part series “From Crime Scene to Courtroom,” The Register-Herald will follow the evidence trail involved in serious cases. Last week, readers learned more about evidence collection at the scene. Today, experts at the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory will explain the next step — evidence processing.