Daily Archives: April 29, 2019

Novel DNA test to accurately identify WWII soldiers

Scientists have developed a novel DNA test for missing soldiers from historic battles, that may help accurately identify casualties from World War II.
More than 25,000 Australian soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice have no known grave, and thousands of those are in the Asia-Pacific area, according to the researchers from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia.

How many species on Earth? A simple question that’s hard to answer

You’d think it would be a simple piece of biological accounting – how many distinct species make up life on Earth?
But the answer may come as a bit of a shock.

DNA reveals megalithic tombs were family graves

DNA testing of teeth found in megalithic tombs older than the pyramids has revealed how family members as much as 12 generations apart were buried together by our Stone Age ancestors.
A new international study confirmed for the first time through genetic analysis that megalithic tombs, which have always been shrouded in mystery, contain many closely related individuals.

Italians try to crack Leonardo da Vinci DNA code with lock of hair

Two Italian experts are set to perform a DNA test on a lock of hair that they say might have belonged to Leonardo da Vinci.