Daily Archives: August 22, 2016

Is it your second cousin? Cotton swabs may tell you

DNA RelationshipsWith a new technique, a simple swab sample can accurately confirm relatedness between two individuals as distant as second cousins. With more DNA datasets at hand, the method could be utilized to identify disaster victims in mass floods and tornadoes that destroy entire communities.

DNA tests to establish if pigtails belonged to mutineers on the Bounty

HMS BountyDNA tests could prove that seven pigtails kept in a 19th-century tobacco tin belonged to the mutineers on HMS Bounty, the first physical evidence of the men’s existence.
While the story of the mutiny against captain William Bligh by his disaffected crew in the South Pacific in 1789 is famous, the only tangible evidence of those who hid from justice on the remote Pitcairn Islands is the grave of mutineer John Adams.

Females working in forensic science labs report high stress levels than male counterparts

DNA techomen may be at the forefront of the fast-growing forensic science field, but they’re also more stressed than their male counterparts, indicates new research led by a Michigan State University criminologist.

AP police to soon have DNA index system

navy DNAHYDERABAD, AUG 21: Andhra Pradesh police will soon have the backing of DNA technology to improve efficiency of policing. The State Government has decided to use a technology sourced from IntegenX Inc., US to generate DNA profiles and create a database.