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  • Genealogy site helps investigators close cold case (NM-Assault/rape)

    01/17/2020 3:58:16 PM PST · by CedarDave · 7 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 16, 2020 | Elise Kaplan
    A swarm of special agents knocked on the door of the sprawling South Valley home where 23-year-old Angel Gurule lived with his parents, wife and several dogs. It had been a little more than four years since a woman — on a Christmas Eve afternoon jog along a Bosque path — was thrown to the ground and violently raped by a stranger who tackled her from behind. Gurule, who was charged with the rape Wednesday, apparently had no idea he was on investigators’ radar. Let alone that his second cousin twice removed — a man in his 60s who lives...
  • Blacks discover their DNA roots

    02/24/2007 4:43:52 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 69 replies · 1,747+ views
    The Sunday Times (U.K.) ^ | 02/25/07 | Tony Allen-Mills
    LIKE many other black Americans, Whoopi Goldberg, the actress and comedian, recently embarked on a quest to trace her African roots. When the results of DNA testing indicated that she was descended from two tribes in the tiny African state of Guinea-Bissau, there was a flurry of excitement at the country’s modest diplomatic mission in Washington. An official letter was swiftly drawn up by the Guinea-Bissau tourism ministry inviting Goldberg to visit the home of her ancestors. The letter took some time to reach her — perhaps because it was addressed to “Your excellency Hoppy Goldberg” — but prominent local...
  • After Bone Marrow Transplant, Man’s Semen Contains Only Donor’s DNA

    12/13/2019 5:52:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    futurism ^ | 12/09/2019
    Long received a bone marrow transplant from the European stranger four years ago — and the unexpected impact it has had on his biology could affect the future of forensic science. According to a newly published New York Times story, the purpose of the transplant was to treat Long’s acute myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer that prevents the body from producing blood normally. Following the procedure, the healthy blood-forming cells from the donor replaced Long’s unhealthy cells, allowing his body to resume normal blood production. It makes sense, then, for Long’s blood to contain the DNA of his donor....
  • 1499: Edward, Earl of Warwick, the last Plantagenet claimant

    12/01/2019 3:28:37 PM PST · by robowombat · 70 replies
    Executed Today ^ | November 28th, 2019
    1499: Edward, Earl of Warwick, the last Plantagenet claimant November 28th, 2019 On this date in 1499, the Plantagenet prince Edward, Earl of Warwick lost his head — and his once-mighty house lost its last direct male successor to its claim upon kingship. A lagging casualty of the Wars of the Roses, little Ted was only three when he lost his old man to a treason charge and a butt of malmsey. The same blade dangled close to Edward’s neck throughout his few years, for he became a potential royal claimant after his young cousins, the Princes in the Tower,...
  • What REALLY irked Adolf Hitler about Ike: No, not the fact that Eisenhower was Supreme Commander

    09/12/2019 4:16:55 PM PDT · by max americana · 137 replies
    daily mail ^ | 9/11/2019 | dominic lawson
    "This bizarrely conflicted view was even more pronounced in Hitler’s attitude towards the U.S. In World War I, Corporal Hitler had been given two captured American soldiers to escort back to his brigade HQ and he was appalled by the fact that the pair were of German descent. From that moment on, Hitler was transfixed by the notion that the best of Germans had emigrated to the U.S. (attracted by the potential for self-realisation in its vastness) and that Germany should prove itself to be a mighty state that would persuade its ‘children’ to return. Hitler would constantly complain that...
  • Closest-known ancestor of today's Native Americans found in Siberia

    06/09/2019 2:41:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 48 replies
    Science Mag ^ | June 5, 2019 | Michael Price
    In the first study, researchers led by Eske Willerslev, a geneticist at the University of Copenhagen, sequenced the whole genomes of 34 individuals who lived in Siberia, the land bridge Beringia, and Alaska from 600 to nearly 32,000 years ago. The oldest individuals in the sample -- two men who lived in far northern Siberia -- represent the earliest known humans from that part of the world. There are no direct genetic traces of these men in any of the other groups the team surveyed, suggesting their culture likely died out about 23,000 years ago when the region became too...
  • Ancient Eurasian DNA sequencing is revealing links with modern humans

    01/25/2018 11:51:25 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    phys.org ^ | 01/25/2018
    In a review published in the journal Trends in Genetics on January 25, scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing discuss what we know about the genetics of ancient individuals from Eurasia (Europe and Western Asia) between 45,000-7,500 years ago. The authors summarized work that investigated the genomes of more than 20 ancients in the Eurasian family tree, including the 45,000-year-old Ust'-Ishim individual from Central Siberia... ..."But with the information from the several individuals available for ancient DNA sequencing we do have hints at interesting population structure, migration and interaction in East Asia." The researchers learned that in...
  • How Accurate Are Online DNA Tests?

    10/16/2018 6:27:59 AM PDT · by Drango · 82 replies
    Scientific America ^ | 10/15/18 | Adam Rutherford
    Blah, blah, blah...DNA stuff...~snip (This is in the conclusion) But to say that you are 20 percent Irish, 4 percent Native American or 12 percent Scandinavian is fun, trivial and has very little scientific meaning.
  • Charleston man who dons pharaoh garb gets DNA results linking him to Ramesses III

    03/24/2019 4:53:40 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 44 replies
    The Post and Courier ^ | 23 Mar 19 | Robert Behre
    Robert “King David” Ross of Charleston wears his Egyptian headress while reading the 23andMe letter informing him of his familial link to Pharoah Ramsesses III Robert Ross retired as a management analyst with the U.S. General Accounting Office in Chicago, moved back to Charleston and currently works as a sexton at Morris Street Baptist Church. But most people probably recognize him for the distinctive black-and-gold Pharaoh headdress he often wears around town to express his passion for ancient Egypt. In other words, he’s been wearing it long before a 23andMe letter arrived in January analyzing his DNA — a letter...
  • DNA tests

    01/05/2019 5:26:20 PM PST · by bboop · 103 replies
    Self ^ | January 5, 2019 | self
    Gathering info here on DNA tests. Good ones/ those to avoid? Feedback? thanks. I've been doing genealogy for some time; cousin got the test and I am curious.
  • Who’s Behind That Beard? Historians are using facial recognition software...(trunc)

    11/19/2018 8:38:32 PM PST · by thecodont · 8 replies
    Slate.com ^ | Nov 15, 201811:47 AM | By Erica X Eisen
    When Kurt Luther walked into Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center in 2013 to attend an exhibition about Pennsylvania during the Civil War, he didn’t expect to be greeted by his great-great-great-uncle. A computer scientist and Civil War enthusiast, Luther had been drawn to researching his own family’s connection to the conflict, gradually piecing together information over years and years. But his searches had always failed to turn up a photograph, and Luther was ready to give up on the possibility of ever seeing his ancestors’ faces. It was only through sheer happenstance that, walking through the History Center that day, Luther...
  • We will find you: DNA search used to nab GS Killer can home in on about 60% of white Americans

    10/12/2018 9:58:52 AM PDT · by ETL · 91 replies
    ScienceMag.org ^ | Oct 11, 2018 | Jocelyn Kaiser
    If you’re white, live in the United States, and a distant relative has uploaded their DNA to a public ancestry database, there’s a good chance an internet sleuth can identify you from a DNA sample you left somewhere. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which finds that by combining an anonymous DNA sample with some basic information such as someone’s rough age, researchers could narrow that person’s identity to fewer than 20 people by starting with a DNA database of 1.3 million individuals. Such a search could potentially allow the identification of about 60% of white Americans from a DNA...
  • So many people have had their DNA sequenced that they've put other people's privacy in jeopardy

    10/13/2018 5:13:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 92 replies
    L A Times ^ | Oct 12, 2018 | 3:00 AM | Deborah Netburn
    Everyone’s DNA sequence is unique. But for those who wish to maintain their genetic privacy, it may not be unique enough. A new study argues that more than half of Americans could be identified by name if all you had to start with was a sample of their DNA and a few basic facts, such as the region where they live and about how old they might be. It wouldn’t be simple, and it wouldn’t be cheap. But the fact that it has become doable will force all of us to rethink the meaning of privacy in the DNA age,...
  • Finding DNA results in Germanic People

    10/15/2018 6:17:51 PM PDT · by aft_lizard · 27 replies
    DNA Explained ^ | Not Listed
    I'm on my phone so I can't really paste the article. In Warren's so called DNA profile released they used admixture results to determine Native American ancestry. The problem is, almost everyone in Eastern Europe can do that with similar results to Warren. https://dna-explained.com/2014/05/21/finding-native-american-ethnic-results-in-germanic-people/
  • American Indians Wary Of DNA Tests

    01/29/2003 6:22:37 PM PST · by blam · 15 replies · 289+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 1-27-2003 | Tim Sullivan
    American Indians Wary of DNA Tests BY TIM SULLIVAN THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE Ever since the arrival of white colonists, American Indians have been tapped for their resources -- most recently their genes. And with an eye toward past abuses, some of them are growing wary of geneticists and anthropologists taking their blood, hair or ancestors' bones for research purposes. In Utah, tribes don't have as much experience with these exchanges as in other parts of the Americas, but officials with the Skull Valley Band of Goshutes and the Northwest Band of the Shoshone feel they should be prepared. On...
  • If anyone has any knowledge dna results and background percentages, I have a question.

    11/10/2018 2:45:18 PM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 72 replies
    Me | 11/10/2018 | GeorgiaDawg32
    Growing up, my dad always told me we (the kids) were Scots-Irish and Slovak (Eastern European). My older brother did some research and can't find anyone from Scotland or Ireland. Mostly from Wales and England. Well, he got his test results back (mine are in the works) and it turns out he's 32% Scots-Irish. My thinking is I have a grandma somewhere in the past who died with a secret that is only now becoming clear. My question is, how many generations back would one have to go to be 32% (of any background) today? I'm thinking no more than...
  • We're Related by Ancestry.com

    10/24/2018 3:25:33 PM PDT · by madison10 · 38 replies
    Ancestry.com ^ | 10/24/2018 | Madison10
    Just tried out the app. My husband CAN be schizo...he is related to Donald Trump AND Hillary Clinton. Not verified by tracing yet because I do not even recognize the common ancestors. (It is a blog, not mine, but the only article)
  • Want to know when you’re going to die? Your life span is written in your DNA...

    10/19/2018 10:55:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    MIT www.technologyreview.com ^ | October 19, 2018 | by Karen Weintraub
    FULL TITLE: Want to know when you’re going to die? Your life span is written in your DNA, and we’re learning to read the code. ------------------------------------------------------------------ It's the ultimate unanswerable question we all face: When will I die? If we knew, would we live differently? So far, science has been no more accurate at predicting life span than a $10 fortune teller. But that’s starting to change. The measures being developed will never get good enough to forecast an exact date or time of death, but insurance companies are already finding them useful, as are hospitals and palliative care teams....
  • The real problem with Elizabeth Warren's DNA test: Geneticists

    10/18/2018 9:11:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 18, 2018 | Chris Francescani
    Does Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren really have Native American blood running through her veins? It's scientifically impossible to know for sure, according to a collection of leading geneticists, industry experts, research scientists with expertise in indigenous genetics and Native American leaders who spoke with ABC News. The process of tracing one's ancestry is still evolving, geneticists told ABC News, and efforts to establish genetic affiliation with an indigenous group like Native Americans are at best thorny and uncertain, and, in the extreme, offensive. Some experts were critical of Warren's press conference this week and her latest declarations. Numerous experts also...
  • Genealogy Websites Were Key to Big Break in Golden State Killer Case

    04/26/2018 4:04:33 PM PDT · by Blue House Sue · 74 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/26/18 | THOMAS FULLER
    SACRAMENTO — The Golden State Killer raped and murdered victims all across the state of California in an era before Google searches and social media, a time when the police relied on shoe leather, not cellphone records or big data. But it was technology that got him. The suspect, Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested by the police on Tuesday. Investigators accuse him of committing more than 50 rapes and 12 murders. Investigators used DNA from crime scenes and plugged that genetic profile into a commercial online genealogy database. They found distant relatives of Mr. DeAngelo’s and traced their DNA...