Daily Archives: February 22, 2017

Harvard Medical School Geneticist David Reich Shares $1M Prize for Ancient DNA Discoveries

ancient human DNANewswise — David Reich, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, has been named co-recipient of the 2017 Dan David Prize in archaeology and natural sciences.
Citing Reich as “the world’s leading pioneer in analyzing ancient human DNA,” the prize committee recognized him for his discovery that Neanderthals and humans interbred, “which was a step-change in human evolution studies.”
Reich shares the $1 million prize with longtime collaborator Svante Pääbo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany, who is credited with founding the field of genomic archaeology.

House approves bill calling for DNA swabs to be taken from those arrested for felonies

buccal-swab-1INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indiana House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would allow law enforcement to expand the use of DNA to combat and solve crimes.
Under House Bill 1577, those arrested for a felony would have a DNA profile taken through a cheek swab. The profile would be run through a federal DNA database to help law enforcement with unsolved crimes.
Currently, Indiana law only allows for the swab to be taken after a felony conviction.