Daily Archives: May 2, 2016

Corps determines Kennewick Man is Native American

kennewick-man-clay-modelSPOKANE, Wash. — The ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man is related to modern Native American tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday, opening the process for returning to tribes for burial one of the oldest and most complete set of bones ever found in North America.
The Northwestern Division of the corps said its decision was based on a review of new information, particularly recently published DNA and skeletal analyses.

Why Microsoft is buying 10 million strands of DNA

Blue and white helixIt’s not the typical tech company acquisition. Microsoft has agreed to purchase 10 million strands of lab-created DNA from biotech company Twist Bioscience. The goal is to research how to encode digital data on genetic material.
Yes, it sounds like science fiction, but it marks a new development in how to store large quantities of digital data. The companies announced Wednesday that Microsoft agreed to purchase 10 million long oligonucleotides — or shortened DNA strands that are used for genetic research — from Twist.

Residents terrified of ‘serial rapist’ stalking women for past 11 years

DNA Evidence QueenslandThis year, the sexual predator has averaged one attack a month and up to 40 police are working around the clock to track down the attacker being labelled a ‘serial rapist’.
The eight attacks, including six on the northern end of the Gold Coast, date back 11 years and include four rapes and an attempted rape.

N.Y.’s Top Court Raises Bar for DNA Evidence

Helix4MANHATTAN (CN) — Although DNA testing gave less than one-in-a-trillion odds that police collared the wrong gun suspect, it was “science fiction” for prosecutors to try to admit this evidence without testimony from the analyst who conducted it, New York’s Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

Genetic detectives: how scientists use DNA to track disease outbreaks

epidemiologistThey’re the top questions on everyone’s mind when a new disease outbreak happens: where did the virus come from? When did this happen? How long has it been spreading in a particular country or group of people?

New Zealand forensics under the microscope in new series

Scientist from ESRWith the series Forensics NZ screening on Prime, Keith Sharp is given a rare tour of one of New Zealand’s forensic science centres. The documentary series shows actual forensic science being used to solve real crime cases in New Zealand.