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  • Rep. Anna Paulina Luna Introduces ‘DNA Testing’ Bill to Combat Child Trafficking at Border

    06/24/2024 9:22:58 AM PDT · by Sam77 · 6 replies ^ | 24 June 2024 | Michael Taylor
    Rep. Anna Paulina Luna introduced two immigration bills to tackle fake migrant and child trafficking at the southern border while increasing penalties for employers hiring ineligible workers. “Today, Congresswoman Anna Paulina Luna (FL-13) introduced a legislative package that aims to combat child trafficking and the hiring of illegal migrants in our country,” Luna said in a press release Friday. The first bill, the Family Reunification Act, will mandate rapid DNA testing for all families detained at the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Greek Scientists Identify Nazi Victims Executed 83 Years Ago in Crete

    05/31/2024 4:58:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | May 31, 2024 | Tasos Kokkinidis
    The Nazi occupying forces massacred civilians in Crete. Credit: Bundesarchiv, CC BY-SA 3.0 de/Wikipedia Greek scientists have recently identified 18 people who were executed by the Nazis in Crete through DNA analysis. In the Battle of Crete during the World War II occupation of Greece, the German forces faced substantial civilian resistance. The inhabitants of Adele, a prosperous lowland village in the northeastern part of the Rethymnon regional unit, resisted fiercely and had formed an armed resistance group. As a consequence, the German forces surrounded the village on June 2, 1941, and arrested 18 male civilians (including two fathers with...
  • This unassuming fern has the largest known genome—and no one knows why

    05/31/2024 11:41:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    Science.ORG ^ | May 31, 2024 | ASHLEY STIMPSON
    Scientists hope the study of it and other giant genomes will shed light on species resilience. The New Caledonian fork fern (Tmesipteris oblanceolate) possesses the largest genome yet found. ORIANE HIDALGO ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The human genome is made up of 3 billion base pairs of DNA. But that’s nothing compared with the New Caledonian fork fern (Tmesipteris oblanceolate), a leafy, tendrilled plant native to several Pacific islands. Its genome contains an astonishing 160 billion base pairs, making it the largest genome ever discovered, researchers report today in iScience. The finding could help scientists understand how genomes grow so large, and how...
  • Man known for 23 years as Conception Bay John Doe identified as a Cuban in Canada on a tourist visa

    05/29/2024 12:39:54 AM PDT · by jerod · 12 replies
    CBC News ^ | May 28, 2024 | Ronna Syed, Bob McKeown
    Remains were discovered at a dump site near St. John’s in 2001The man who became known as Conception Bay John Doe after his severed head was found buried in a dump site 23 years ago has been identified by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary as a Cuban who came to Canada on a tourist visa, The Fifth Estate has learned. Temistocle Casas was identified through genetic genealogy that led investigators to his first cousin, police said. RNC Const. Greg Davis said he will never forget the moment he learned Casas's name and saw his photo for the first time. "Surreal I...
  • Obsessed with Our DNA: The Rise and Fall of 23andMe

    05/23/2024 1:29:44 PM PDT · by Tench_Coxe · 67 replies
    When a trusting customer purchases a kit from 23andMe, spits in their tube, and mails it back, they effortlessly provide 23andMe with genetic data on dozens and dozens of their traits. If the intended goal is to discover a family ancestry line, or if they are a candidate for ailments like breast or prostate cancer and other disease-causing variants, then 23andMe may seem like a valuable tool. However, by consenting to let 23andMe run tests, customers agree to user terms set by the company. (snip) As the partnership between 23andMe and GSK came to life, besides publicly disclosed deals with...
  • How DNA Testing Revealed European Ancestry in Elongated Paracas Skulls

    05/22/2024 9:14:08 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 57 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | 5/21/24 | Joanna Gillan
    The elongated skulls of Paracas in Peru caused a stir in 2014 when a geneticist that carried out preliminary DNA testing reported that they have mitochondrial DNA “with mutations unknown in any human, primate, or animal known so far”. A second round of DNA testing was completed in 2016 and the results almost as controversial – the skulls tested, which date back as far as 2,000 years, were shown to have European and Middle Eastern Origin. It was claimed these surprising results would change the known history about how the Americas were populated. But did they? Paracas is a desert...
  • Revolutionary Genetics Research Shows RNA May Rule Our Genome

    05/15/2024 6:04:05 AM PDT · by Skywise · 17 replies
    Scientific American ^ | May 14, 2024 | Philip Ball
    Thomas Gingeras did not intend to upend basic ideas about how the human body works. In 2012 the geneticist, now at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York State, was one of a few hundred colleagues who were simply trying to put together a compendium of human DNA functions. Their ­project was called ENCODE, for the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements. About a decade earlier almost all of the three billion DNA building blocks that make up the human genome had been identified. Gingeras and the other ENCODE scientists were trying to figure out what all that DNA did. The assumption...
  • CRISPR-Crafted Cuisine: How Genetic Engineering Is Changing What We Eat

    04/30/2024 11:19:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Advances in biotechnology are transforming food production with fungi playing a pivotal role. Research led by Vayu Hill-Maini utilizes genetic engineering to enhance fungi’s natural properties, creating nutritious and sustainable meat alternatives. This approach not only opens new avenues in food science but also integrates sophisticated culinary applications. A gene-edited fungal culture from Vayu Hill-Maini’s research, seen on a dinner plate. Credit: Marilyn Sargent/Berkeley Lab Hacking the genome of fungi for smart foods of the future. With animal-free dairy products and convincing vegetarian meat substitutes already on the market, it’s easy to see how biotechnology can change the food industry....
  • "Midtown Jane Doe" Cold Case Advances After DNA Links Teen Murdered Over 50 Years Ago to 9/11 Victim's Mother

    04/29/2024 6:32:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 29, 2024 | Emily Mae Czachor
    Authorities have finally identified the remains of a New York City teenager coined "Midtown Jane Doe," after her grisly murder spawned a decadeslong cold case investigation. A recent breakthrough owed to advanced forensics linked her DNA to the mother of a woman killed on 9/11. Jane Doe was identified as Patricia Kathleen McGlone, who was just 16 at the time of her death and had previously lived and attended school in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. Investigators believe she was murdered during the latter half of 1969, or, potentially, at some point in early 1970, said Detective Ryan Glas...
  • Regular exercise prevents DNA damage with aging

    04/14/2024 8:37:14 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 30 replies
    Regular aerobic exercise later in life prevents genomic instability characterized by DNA damage and telomere dysfunction, according to a study. "These new findings will greatly impact our understanding of the mechanisms of how aerobic exercise improves vascular health at the level of genomic stability," says Jisok Lim, Ph.D. Late-life exercise used to be thought of as ineffective. However, existing studies indicate aerobic exercise later in life lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease-related mortality. Yet, specific factors contributing to this effect have not been completely understood. Researchers examined whether regular exercise with aging may prevent DNA damage and telomere dysfunction. Telomeres...
  • One Dose of Pfizer’s Covid “Vaccine” Contains Over 200 Billion DNA Fragments That Can Incorporate Into Human DNA, Causing Cancer

    04/02/2024 6:23:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 65 replies
    Liberty Daily ^ | Apr. 2, 2024 | Lance D. Johnson
    Multiple laboratory studies now confirm that Pfizer’s COVID-19 mRNA vaccine is heavily contaminated with plasmid DNA. The latest analysis finds that one dose of the Pfizer vaccine typically contains over 200 billion DNA fragments. These DNA fragments can incorporate into the DNA of the vaccinated individual and interfere with the expression of oncogenes and tumor suppression genes. This DNA contamination has cancer implications for millions of people who were manipulated to take part in this biowarfare experiment. Dr. Phillip Buckhaults, a cancer genomics expert, recently spoke about his findings in front of the South Carolina Senate Medical Affairs Ad-Hoc Committee...
  • Neo-Nazi who inspired Edward Norton’s ‘American History X’ skinhead is now an observant Jew thanks to DNA discovery

    03/26/2024 9:41:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 26, 2024 | James Liddell
    The neo-Nazi who inspired Edward Norton’s skinhead character in “American History X” has revealed he is now an observant Jew after turning his life around — and discovering his heritage through DNA testing. Frank Meeink, 48, became a leader of a violent ultra-right group in the early 1990s, torturing enemies who stood in the way of his attempt to foment a race war. Intensely anti-semitic and flaunting a flaming swastika tattooed on his neck, he railed against what he called the “Zionist occupation government” and believed the Jews were “the root of all evil.”
  • Why don’t humans have tails? Scientists find answers in an unlikely place

    03/27/2024 12:13:10 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    Accuweather ^ | Mar 25, 2024 1:55 PM CDT | By Mindy Weisberger, CNN
    Tails are useful in many ways, but — unlike these vervet monkeys pictured in Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda — humans' closest primate relatives lost the appendages about 25 million years ago. (Photo credit: imageBROKER/Shutterstock via CNN Newsource) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Humans have many wonderful qualities, but we lack something that’s a common feature among most animals with backbones: a tail. Exactly why that is has been something of a mystery. Tails are useful for balance, propulsion, communication and defense against biting insects. However, humans and our closest primate relatives — the great apes — said farewell to tails about 25...
  • One in six families have been impacted by INCEST, shocking report claims - and it's still legal to some extent in 19 states

    03/21/2024 2:31:26 PM PDT · by Callahan · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/21/24 | Cassidy Morrison
    -Estimated 15 percent of US families reported instance of incest in family trees -Hotspots include Alabama, Kentucky, West Virginia, South Carolina, and more -READ MORE: DNA tests are uncovering the true prevalence of incest ….The taboo subject of incest is becoming increasingly discussed as at-home DNA tests from companies like Ancestry and 23&me become more common, revealing uncomfortable truths about family connections. ….CDC research indicates that one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18 - the vast majority (91 percent) by someone the child or their family knows. BedBible says its...
  • Scientists STUNNED by First Proofs of Contaminated DNA Getting Absorbed into Human Cells –“Sunak Better Watch Out” says Dr Bhakdi

    03/15/2024 10:01:45 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 87 replies ^ | March 15, 2024 | Patricia Harrity
    In an explosive revelation a few days ago during a video conference with Medical Doctors for Covid Ethics International, Prof. Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, former Chair of Medical Microbiology at the University of Mainz and a distinguished figure in the field, unveiled findings that have sent shockwaves through the scientific community. The first experiments indicates that experimental COVID mRNA jabs, may have been integrating into human cells—raising the specter of genetic modification on an unprecedented scale. Dr Bhakdi says “Sunak better watch out and that he met with Andrew Bridgen a few days ago and that he was going to use...
  • First DNA Study of Ancient Arabians Reveals Malaria Adaptation

    03/11/2024 4:24:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Laboratory Equipment ^ | March 01, 2024 | Michelle Taylor
    Globally in 2022, there were an estimated 249 million malaria cases and 608,000 malaria deaths across 85 countries. Today, the majority of the disease is concentrated on the continent of Africa, which carries a disproportionately high share of cases. But it is also a serious and persistent threat in other areas—especially Southeast Asia, which has the second highest estimated malaria burden after Africa. A new study, however, shows that was not the case for people living in ancient Asia. DNA analysis has revealed that ancient Eastern Arabia people developed resistance to malaria following the appearance of agriculture in the region...
  • New DNA-Infused Computer Chip Can Perform Calculations and Make Future AI Models Far More Efficient

    03/08/2024 6:41:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    LIVESCIENCE ^ | 3/8 | Keumars Afifi-Sabet
    The new processor stores data in modified DNA molecules and uses microfluidic channels to perform basic computations. Scientists have created a new biocomputing chip that makes calculations using a DNA substrate, including mathematical operations essential to artificial intelligence (AI) training and big data processing. Researchers described the new biocomputing platform Oct. 19,2023, in the journal PLOS One. DNA is known as the blueprint for life and encodes genetic information, like data can be encoded onto electronic-based storage devices. DNA-based devices have previously been used to encode data on a small scale, but this prototype chip uses DNA to process data...
  • Colorado launches criminal probe into its star forensic analyst Yvonne 'Missy' Woods who 'performed shoddy DNA testing and altered data that sent HUNDREDS of people to jail over her three-decade career'

    03/07/2024 4:26:06 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 30 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 03 07 2024 | Ruth Bashinsky
    Colorado has launched a criminal probe into its star forensic analyst Yvonne 'Missy' Woods after 'anomalies' were found in her DNA testing work. Woods, 60, is under investigation for allegedly performing shoddy DNA testing and altering data. Her work and testimonies have sent hundreds of people to jail over her three-decade career - and now thousands of cases may have to be reopened. She has worked in her trade for 29 years, and was considered the state's 'gold standard' by colleagues for helping to put infamous murderers behind bars. The shocking discovery was made in November, when the Colorado Bureau...
  • Biden Administration Flouts Federal Law, Does Not Collect DNA From Detained Illegal Migrants

    03/07/2024 5:02:31 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 7, 2024 | Joseph Simonson
    'This failure weakens our justice system and empowers criminals to illegally cross our border, jeopardizing American lives'.. The Biden administration is not conducting federally mandated DNA tests on detained illegal aliens, according to new data obtained by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and shared with the Washington Free Beacon. The data show that Customs and Border Protection only collected DNA samples from 30 to 40 percent of the approximately 3.2 million illegal aliens who entered the United States in fiscal year 2023. The Biden administration’s failure to comply with DNA gathering requirements set out in the 2005 DNA Fingerprint Act...
  • Whistleblower reveals DHS didn’t collect DNA from 60% of migrants

    03/06/2024 2:03:03 AM PST · by Enterprise · 11 replies
    Homeland Security is collecting DNA from less than 40% of illegal immigrants encountered trying to enter the U.S., a whistleblower has told Congress.The department is required to collect the DNA under federal law, but Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, said it’s usually not happening.Between Oct. 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023 the department’s Customs and Border Protection agency encountered 2.3 million unauthorized migrants. It only provided roughly 843,000 DNA samples to the FBI, which runs the national database, Mr. Grassley said, citing information provided by the whistleblower. He called the lapse “deeply concerning.” “This failure weakens our justice system...