Daily Archives: October 21, 2016

Do DNA samples hold key to Israel’s missing children mystery?

Shlomi Bahagli was buried Oct. 18 in Rosh Ha’ayin, having reached the age of 92. For more than 60 years he never stopped searching for his son Hayim, who disappeared as a baby. Bahagli died without knowing whether his son had been taken from him and given to another family, with the knowledge and involvement of the State of Israel. He was told that the baby died of illness at the hospital. There are many other families in Israel like his, mostly of Yemenite origins, who claim that their children were taken from them shortly after they immigrated to Israel in the early 1950s and given to Ashkenazi families for adoption.

End to grant funding brings staff changes at MU Forensic Center

scientist-analyzing-profileHUNTINGTON — The conclusion of a federal grant at Marshall University’s Forensic Science Center means the end of some staff positions at the center.
Seven positions with the Marshall University Research Corporation, the research of which was facilitated at the forensic science center, are being affected by the end of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, said Ginny Painter, senior vice president of communications and marketing for Marshall.

Your Neanderthal DNA might actually be doing you some good

neanderthals3Most human genomes harbor small fragments of Neanderthal DNA, the legacy of prehistoric hanky-panky between our ancestors and their hominid cousins.
For the most part, that inheritance has been detrimental. Research suggests that as much as 10 percent of the human genome was inherited from archaic hominids other than Homo sapiens, but the majority of that material was weeded out by tens of thousands of years of natural selection. The DNA that does remain has been blamed for increasing risk of depression, Type 2 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, lupus, allergies, addiction and more.