Daily Archives: August 24, 2018

WSSU, Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center get $510,000 grant for large study of collegiate sports-related concussions

The researchers are collecting saliva samples from the athletes for DNA analysis to determine if there are any differences between the DNA of those who have suffered concussion and those who have not.

DNA shows girl had one Neanderthal, one Denisovan parent

One can be forgiven for thinking that the first modern humans who ventured out of Africa stumbled into a vibrant bar scene. DNA from just a single cave in Siberia revealed that it had been occupied by two archaic human groups that had interbred with the newly arrived modern humans. This included both the Neanderthals, whom we knew about previously, and the Denisovans, who we didn’t even know existed and still know little about other than their DNA sequences. The DNA also revealed that one of the Denisovans had a Neanderthal ancestor a few hundred generations back in his past.

Promega Commits $3 Million to Revive & Restore Science Fund Supporting Catalytic Research Bridging Biotech and Conservation

MADISON, Wisc.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To support the exploration of new solutions for confronting significant environmental challenges, global biotechnology manufacturer Promega Corporation has pledged $3 million over the next three years to the nonprofit Revive & Restore Catalyst Science Fund. This is the first corporate pledge to a recently launched fund designed to identify and develop advanced techniques of genetic rescue and to bring new tools to conservation work in order to enhance biodiversity.

DNA a ‘game changer’ in yacht murder case

Lawyers for Tasmanian convicted killer Susan Neill-Fraser say new DNA evidence is a “game- changer” in her push for a fresh appeal, but prosecutors say it ­supports the case against her.

With new DNA labs, India tackles backlog of sexual assault cases

CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – India is bringing in new measures aimed at strengthening investigations into sexual assault, as well as reducing a backlog of cases awaiting DNA testing, a senior official said.