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  • DNA Testing Companies Admit Adding Fake African Ancestry To White Profiles To “Screw With Racists”

    12/10/2017 8:36:40 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 173 replies
    Squwaker ^ | 12/06/17 | Alisha Sherron
    Who were your ancestors? What is your ethnic background composed of? Sites like and 23andme have always been some go to sources in answering all of your toughest questions. But how accurate are they? In a recent interview with Cracked, one of the major ancestry testing companies, (which specific company is unknown) spilled the beans on what really happens when you purchase an ancestry kit. While I can’t say I’m surprised, you may be shocked to learn that these ancestry sites aren’t always as accurate as they claim to be. Beyond this, they’ve also admitted to tampering with the...
  • Police consider mass DNA screening of secret agents in hunt for spy in bag 'killer'.

    05/09/2012 7:14:50 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    MI6 agents could be asked to volunteer DNA as part of a renewed bid to discover how Gareth Williams died, the head of the Metropolitan Police confirmed yesterday.
  • Ex-President Warren Harding's Love Child Confirmed Through DNA Testing

    08/13/2015 6:20:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/13/2015 | By JORDYN PHELPS
    After nearly 100 years of rumors and historical speculation, DNA testing has confirmed that President Warren Harding had a child out of wedlock – his only biological child – with mistress Nan Britton. Britton first came forward publically with the claim that her daughter, Elizabeth Ann, was Harding’s daughter in a 1927 autobiography “The President’s Daughter.” In her account, Britton detailed a steamy six-year-long affair with the 29th president, including one encounter in a White House closet, before his untimely death in 1923. At the time of its publishing, the book was met with public ridicule and widely discounted as...
  • Inside 23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki's $99 DNA Revolution

    11/08/2013 11:46:17 AM PST · by null and void · 46 replies ^ | October 14, 2013 | 6:00 AM | Elizabeth Murphy
    The $126 million genetic-testing company can tell you how to live smarter, better, and longer. It can also tell you what might kill you. You can purchase 14 gallons of organic milk or 396 lollipops. You can give her 33 rides on the Ferris wheel at the state fair, or you can get him a couple of violin lessons. You could put the money in a savings account, you could buy her her very own LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer digital learning tablet, or you could buy enough pizzas to feed all of her friends on the block. So many options, so...
  • ...DNA tests on six-inch skeleton of 'alien-looking' creature...prove it was...human...

    04/25/2013 5:13:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | 19:13 EST, 24 April 2013 | David Mccormack
    Dr Steven Greer, who led the project and documentary, has hit back at critics who claim the body is a hoax. 'The CAT scan clearly shows internal chest organs -lungs and what appears to be the remains of a heart structure,' he said. 'There is absolutely no doubt that the specimen is an actual organism and that it is not a hoax of any kind. 'This fact has been confirmed by Dr. Nolan and Dr. Lachman at Stanford.'
  • Richard III body found under Leicester car park

    02/07/2013 4:14:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 4 February 2013 | Patrick Walter
    The skeleton showing curvature of the spine (scoliosis) consistent with historical accounts © University of LeicesterThe mortal remains of England's warrior king Richard III have been found, bringing to a close a mystery that has puzzled scholars for centuries. Analytical tests on a skeleton found under a Leicester car park have confirmed the last resting place of the final king in the Plantagenet line.The announcement comes after months of feverish speculation. In September 2012, the University of Leicester announced that its detective work combing ancient texts had led its team to conclude that the King was buried at Greyfriars Monastery...
  • Freep a Poll! (immigration reform should include criminal background DNA testing?)

    01/31/2013 6:04:41 PM PST · by dynachrome · 6 replies ^ | 1-31-13 | LA Daily news
    Do you think immigration reform should include criminal background DNA testing? Yes No
  • ‘Who’s Your Daddy’ Truck Rolls Through NYC, Offers Answers With DNA Tests

    08/17/2012 11:29:47 AM PDT · by kevcol · 9 replies
    CBS New York ^ | Aug 15, 2012 | news
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It is a sign of the times — getting a quick DNA test is now as easy as walking up to a truck. The “Who’s Your Daddy” recreational vehicle is selling DNA tests, mostly to fathers who suspect their children may not actually be theirs. “They flag us down, they pull us over, they talk to us,” owner and operator Jared Rosenthal said Wednesday. . . “There’s a lot of difficult situations and tough moments and heartbreak,” Rosenthal said, adding that there are happy endings as well. “There’s a lot of good news that we’re...
  • Tracking the Source of the Poo

    03/22/2012 2:20:33 PM PDT · by EBH · 22 replies
    PetMD ^ | 3/12/12 | Jennifer Coates, DVM
    I am currently witnessing a neighborhood drama that I’m sure plays out on a daily basis in communities across the country. Neighbor A is originally from Wyoming. This probably means nothing to most of you, but having lived in that state for a while, it conjures up a specific archetype for my family — a person who prefers to keep to him or herself but is friendly when forced into proximity with others and figures that laws perceived to be absurd or overreaching are not worth following. This doesn’t present much of a problem in Wyoming where there are more...
  • DNA and Bin Laden’s Positive ID (Wall Street Journal)

    05/07/2011 1:13:40 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 6, 2011 | Carl Bialik
    My print column examines the math of DNA-based identity testing, in light of the technique's use by the U.S. to confirm the identity of the body believed to be Osama bin Laden's. Though a government official said that an initial test showed with 99.9% certainty that bin Laden had been killed, and later tests were "absolutely conclusive," not all details have been released, including whose genetic material was used for comparison. ABC News reported that investigators had subpoenaed a DNA sample from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where a sister of bin Laden's had died of cancer. But a spokesman...
  • Supreme Court opens way for prisoners to try to gain access to DNA evidence

    03/07/2011 6:29:38 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 7, 2011 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court opened a legal avenue Monday for prisoners to try to gain access to DNA evidence that might prove their innocence but noted that their chances at success might be slim. The court ruled 6 to 3 in favor of Texas death row inmate Henry Skinner, who has maintained that he did not kill his girlfriend and her two sons. Skinner came within 45 minutes of being executed last spring before the Supreme Court took up his case. There was no guarantee in the court's narrow ruling that Skinner, convicted in 1995, will ever gain access to all...
  • Does the Constitution Grant a Right to DNA Testing That Could Prove Innocence?

    03/02/2009 8:28:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 845+ views
    Reason ^ | March 2, 2009 | Radley Balko
    The Supreme Court may answer that question in a case it heard today.Does the U.S. Constitution permit an innocent person to be imprisoned or executed? Seems like a question with an obvious answer. Here’s another question: If a convict can establish irrefutable proof of his innocence with a simple DNA test, does he have a constitutional right to that test, even if he has exhausted his legal appeals? The answer to both questions isn’t at all clear, and may depend on how the Supreme Court rules in the case of District Attorney's Office v. Osborne, which it heard today. Surprisingly,...
  • DNA Tests Offer Deeper Examination Of Accused - Biological, Emotional States Scrutinized

    04/20/2008 3:52:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 51+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 20, 2008 | Rick Weiss
    A01 Twenty years after DNA fingerprints were first admitted by American courts as a way to link suspects to crime scenes, a new and very different class of genetic test is approaching the bench. Rather than simply proving, for example, that the blood on a suspect's clothes does or does not match that of a murder victim, these "second generation" DNA tests seek to shed light on the biological traits and psychological states of the accused. In effect, they allow genes to "testify" in ways never before possible, in some cases resolving long-standing legal tangles but in others raising new...
  • Truth Hangs by a Hair

    11/26/2007 2:07:04 PM PST · by rw4site · 19 replies · 229+ views
    Texas Observer;; Henderson Daily News; Texas Ranger T. Walker Ret. ^ | 9-27-07; 11-26-07; 9-20-07; 910-07 | David Pasztor; Tony Floyd; Michael Graczyk
    <p>A state district judge Monday ordered officials in an East Texas county to preserve a 1-inch-long piece of hair that was key evidence almost two decades ago in a capital murder case.</p> <p>An anti-death penalty group wants to know whether Claude Jones was wrongly executed in December 2000. Jones was the last of a record 40 inmates executed in Texas that year and the last of 152 inmates put to death during George W. Bush's time as governor.</p>
  • The DNA Age: Cancer Free at 33, but Weighing a Mastectomy

    09/20/2007 10:34:02 AM PDT · by qam1 · 67 replies · 360+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/20/07 | Amy Harmon
    Her latest mammogram was clean. But Deborah Lindner, 33, was tired of constantly looking for the lump. Ever since a DNA test had revealed her unusually high chance of developing breast cancer, Ms. Lindner had agonized over whether to have a mastectomy, a procedure that would reduce her risk by 90 percent. She had stared at herself in the mirror, imagining the loss of her familiar shape. She had wondered, unable to ask, how the man she had just started dating would feel about breasts that were surgically reconstructed, incapable of feeling his touch or nursing his children. But she...
  • Fire destroys Lost Colony buildings [and costumes] Roanoke Island, NC

    09/11/2007 9:15:26 PM PDT · by Joya · 25 replies · 1,101+ views
    Outer Banks Sentinel ^ | 11 September 2007 | Sandy Semans
    At 12:35 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, a Villa Dunes resident spotted a fire across the sound on Roanoke Island and called 911. Part of The Lost Colony’s Waterside Theatre was in flames. All fire departments north of Oregon Inlet responded. Fire crews worked swiftly and efficiently to control the blaze and take necessary precautions to save the nearby men’s dressing room structure. Despite of the efforts, the maintenance shed, thought to be at or near the source of the fire, was completely destroyed. Charred pieces of framing in a flimsy skeleton, pointing irregularly toward the star-lighted sky, appear to...
  • In Lice, Clues to Human Origin and Attire

    03/07/2007 11:44:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 58 replies · 1,272+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 8, 2007 | NICHOLAS WADE
    One of the more embarrassing mysteries of human evolution is that people are host to no fewer than three kinds of louse while most species have just one. Even bleaker for the human reputation, the pubic louse, which gets its dates and residence-swapping opportunities when its hosts are locked in intimate embrace, does not seem to be a true native of the human body. Its closest relative is the gorilla louse. (Don’t even think about it.) Louse specialists now seem at last to have solved the question of how people came by their superabundance of fellow travelers. And in doing...
  • Mystery of Mozart Skull Deepens

    01/08/2006 7:26:45 PM PST · by CurlyBill · 51 replies · 1,677+ views
    VOA News ^ | 9 January 2006 | VOA News
    Mystery of Mozart Skull Deepens By VOA News 09 January 2006 Forensic scientists say they have failed to unravel the 200-year old mystery of the skull of legendary Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Austrian television commissioned American and Austrian scientists to carry out DNA tests on a skull that some experts insist is Mozart's. The scientists hoped to match its DNA to genetic samples taken from what they believed are the skeletons of Mozart's grandmother and niece. The scientists said on Austrian television Sunday that the skeletons do not match the skull, and that the skeletons are also unrelated -...
  • Baronet Turns to DNA Testing (and Television) to Find Heir

    12/21/2005 11:57:17 AM PST · by Venator · 1 replies · 274+ views
    Never Yet Melted blog ^ | December 21, 2005 | jdz
    An English Baronet, lacking an heir, is resorting to DNA testing of Americans of the same name to locate a suitable male relative to take up the burden of maintaining the estate. This interesting exercise in genealogy will by covered by the Discovery Channel in a program currently, misleadingly, titled I’m Really a Royal.
  • 1-800-DNA-TEST - home DNA test kits - I'm not making this up

    09/07/2005 11:37:57 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 55 replies · 1,133+ views
    DNA testing - Easy, discreet, painless, accurate DNA testing services