TIL after Nicole van den Hurk's death, her stepbrother falsely confessed to the killing in order to get her body exhumed for DNA tests, leading to the arrest and prosecution of her real attacker
TIL the canonical reason for most of the alien races to be humanoid in Star Trek is an ancient humanoid species seeding the oceans of many worlds with DNA codes 4.5 billion years before the start of the series, directing the evolution of life towards a physical pattern similar to their own.
TIL Keanu Reeves was sued by a woman who suggested that he used hypnosis and impersonated her ex-husband to impregnate her. She sought $3 million in spousal support from the actor, and $150,000/month, retroactively, in child support. DNA test proved he was not the father and the suit was thrown out.
TIL that following the death of Nicole van den Hurk, her stepbrother falsely confessed to killing her to get her body exhumed for DNA testing, thus leading to the arrest and prosecution of her attacker.
Surprise as DNA reveals new group of Native Americans: the ancient Beringians - Genetic analysis of a baby girl who died at the end of the last ice age shows she belonged to a previously unknown ancient group of Native Americans
TIL Dr.James Watson, Nobel Prize winner & co-discoverer of DNA's double helix structure, believed that babies shouldn't be considered alive until 3 days after birth so that if the baby is sick, disabled, deformed, or deemed otherwise unacceptable, the baby can be legally left to die or euthanized.
Up to 40% of DNA results from consumer genetic tests might be bogus - A new study has found that direct-to-consumer genetic tests, like those marketed by 23andMe, Ancestry.com, Family Tree DNA, and MyHeritage, can be used to obtain innacurate results.
New evidence of ‘muscle memory’ at a DNA level - A study has shown for the first time that human muscles possess a ‘memory’ of earlier growth - at the DNA level. Periods of skeletal muscle growth are ‘remembered’ by the genes in the muscle, helping them to grow larger later in life.
Scientists one step closer to using CRISPR to treat humans, without cutting DNA and risking mutations. The approach successfully treated models of diabetes, kidney disease, and muscular dystrophy in mice.
Scientists Put Malware in DNA For the First Time - "encode malicious software into physical strands of DNA, so that when a gene sequencer analyzes it the resulting data becomes a program that corrupts gene-sequencing software and takes control of the underlying computer."
TIL that whilst conducting DNA research on two hair samples collected from the Himalayas and believed to be from a Yeti, a leading British geneticist instead discovered they were a genetic match to an ancient polar bear.
TIL a child, Bobby Dunbar, disappeared at age 4, then was "found" in another state with different parents. Investigators took the child, returning him to the Dunbars. Years later, DNA revealed it was the wrong kid.
For the first time, scientists were able to identify unknown microbes in real time entirely aboard the International Space Station, without having to send them back to Earth. This could help diagnose and treat astronauts in real time, as well as with identifying DNA-based life on other planets.
TIL A 9,000 Year Old Skeleton Was Found in a Cave in Cheddar, England Known As Cheddar Man. When CM's DNA was tested a Living Relative Was Found Teaching School Half a Mile Away, Linking Back 300 Generations
DNA clues to why woolly mammoth died out - The last woolly mammoths to walk the Earth were so wracked with genetic disease that they lost their sense of smell, shunned company, and had a strange shiny coat.
Mail-Order CRISPR Kits Allow Absolutely Anyone to Hack DNA: Experts debate what amateur scientists could accomplish with the powerful DNA editing tool—and whether its ready availability is cause for concern
TIL Billionaire Daniel Keith Ludwig Had Frozen His Genetic Material, Believing His Estranged Ex-Wife's Daughter Might Challenge his Will. 40 Years Later, and after his Death, She Sued The Estate And Lost, Because DNA Analysis Proved He Wasn't Her Father.
Science AMA Series: I'm Yaniv Erlich; my team used DNA as a hard-drive to store a full operating system, movie, computer virus, and a gift card. I am also the creator of DNA.Land. Soon, I'll be the Chief Science Officer of MyHeritage, one of the largest genetic genealogy companies. Ask me anything!
u/RunDNA shows a list of 241 posts from T_D that have been linked to one of the fake Russian twitter accounts from yesterday’s indictment. Top comment by u/f_k_a_g_n actually shows over 1,000 posts from T_D linked to the same twitter account.
Scientists are to bring Neanderthal “miniature brains” to life to see how humans differ to their closest relatives. The tiny blobs of tissue, around the size of a lentil, will be grown from human stem cells edited to contain Neanderthal DNA.
ULPT: When spending time with friends and acquaintances, always be sure to bring along a pair of tweezers and small baggies to collect discarded cigarette butts, toothpicks, napkins, etc. You never know when you might need to plant DNA at a crime scene.
First modern Britons had 'dark to black' skin, Cheddar Man DNA analysis reveals, genome of Cheddar Man, who lived 10,000 years ago, suggests that he had blue eyes, dark skin and dark curly hair.
TIL Jame Watson (co-discoverer of DNA) decided to auction off his Nobel prize medal in view of his diminished income, for US$4.1 million. The medal was subsequently returned to Watson by the purchaser, Russian tycoon Alisher Usmanov.
TIL that there is a monument to laboratory mice at a university in Siberia. The mouse is wearing a lab coat and knitting a DNA double helix, symbolizing the gradual progress of DNA research.
The ancient population of Britain was almost completely replaced by newcomers about 4,500 years ago, a study shows. The astonishing result comes from analysis of DNA extracted from 400 ancient remains across Europe.
A Zombie Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer: A new study reveals how 'an old gene that was no longer functional was recycled from the vast “genome junkyard” to increase the sensitivity of elephant cells to DNA damage, enabling them to cull potentially cancerous cells early.'
[WP] You are a 17-year-old living in a futuristic dystopian society where a fascist party rules the world. Upon turning 18, citizens are required to take a DNA test to put their genetic information on file. When you go to take yours, your genetic identity is a 100% identical to that of the dictator.
A California man is about to be executed, but many believe he is innocent, including a judge & an FBI agent. Incriminating evidence was planted, exculpatory evidence was destroyed & police perjured themselves. A DNA test could prove his innocence, but Governor Jerry Brown & others won't allow it. 😡
TIL James Watson (DNA co-inventor), had to auction off his Nobel Prize Medal in 2014 due to poverty. A Russian billionaire bought it for $4.1M and returned it back to Watson stating, "a situation in which an outstanding scientist has to sell a medal recognising his achievements is unacceptable."
TIL in December 2000 a family in Japan was killed in their home. After killing the family, the murderer used the family computer, ate ice cream, used the bathroom, and left his pullover behind before leaving. Although the police has the suspect's DNA and a possible description, the case is unsolved.
In "The Fifth Element" Leeloo's body is regenerated using her DNA. However, the priest is able to identify her by a tattoo on her wrist, which wouldn't have been regenerated from DNA. The reason the tattoo is there is because the regeneration started just above the wrist of the right arm.
The largest ever study on ancient DNA has shown that Britain was changed forever by the arrival of the Beaker folk, a wave of migrants about 4,500 years ago who brought with them new customs, new burial practices, and beautiful, distinctive bell-shaped pottery.