Tag Archive for DNA

Jack the Ripper mystery: Back to square one

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You’ll recall last month this blockbuster story “Jack the Ripper identity confirmed by DNA”. Well, as we suspected… meh. Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has ‘made serious DNA error’ – The Independent. A 23-year-old Polish immigrant barber called Aaron Kosminski was “definitely, categorically and absolutely” the man who carried…

DNA test reveals relic blood is not Kingly

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Here goes science, spoiling everything (but giving us the more accurate answer). Blood in Historic Gourd Didn’t Belong to Louis XVI | LiveScience. New genetic evidence casts further doubt on the authenticity of a grisly French relic: a gourd long believed to be stained with the blood of Louis XVI. Scientists sequenced the genome from…

Richard’s remains questioned

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Uh oh, someone is doubtful that the remains really are of the king. Not surprising. ‘Richard III remains’ found in Leicester car park have doubt cast upon them. Leading archaeologists have challenged one of the most sensational discoveries of the last century, insisting there is no proof that the man with the twisted spine found…

43,000-Year-Old mammoth well preserved, provided promising DNA collection

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Surprised by the level of preservation, a team of scientists believe they will have good quality DNA to attempt a mammoth rebirth. Scientists have ‘Good Chance’ of Successfully Cloning 43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth. Scientists have claimed they have a “good chance” of cloning a woolly mammoth which has been frozen for the past 43,000 years. The…

Is fear inherited? How can that happen?

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A new study suggests there is a genetic imprint from traumatic experiences carries through at least two generations. I saw this and was IMMEDIATELY skeptical. Too much remains unanswered and also goes against what we already know. Fearful memories haunt mouse descendants : Nature News & Comment. Certain fears can be inherited through the generations, a…

The Bigfoot Files and Melba’s big idea

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Just a quick post: two items regarding Bigfoot, DNA and perhaps rivalry. Yesterday, the first of a three-part documentary series aired on British TV featuring Dr. Bryan Sykes and his results from the Oxford-Lausanne DNA project. DN staff was able to obtain a copy and I wrote a review. Bottom line – it’s WELL worth seeing.…

Not Yeti, says Sykes. Bear with us. (UPDATE)

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We have news from the Sykes study. New research finds ‘Bigfoot’ DNA matches rare bear – The Independent. New DNA research may have finally solved the mystery of the yeti. Tests on hair samples were found to have a genetic match with an ancient polar bear, with scientists believing there could be a sub species…

First hint of Sykes’ Yeti book

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Professor Sykes’ new book, tentatively entitled “Quest for the Yeti”, has been announced. This information describes the rights for the book (but not in the U.S., so it’s possible U.S. readers will have to wait a bit longer). There is no release date listed. Genetics professor investigates the Yeti | The Bookseller. Bryan Sykes, professor…

Unprecedented: Admission by FBI that hair analysis technique could be inaccurate

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A old technique used to make criminal convictions is recognized as flawed. FBI announces review of 2,000 cases featuring hair samples | McClatchy. The FBI will review thousands of old cases, including some involving the death penalty, in which hair samples helped secure convictions, under an ambitious plan made public Thursday. The study will focus…