Tag Archive for DNA

Sykes’ reputation and his Yeti project get slammed

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As we updated yesterday, Bryan Sykes’ claim of mystery DNA is being hyped by the media apparently ahead of his new book about his Yeti/Bigfoot project (the results of the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project which had a goal of collecting organic material for so called “cryptids”, including that which people believe may be from Bigfoot, and…

There’s DNA in food?! That’s disgusting!

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This story is going around: Mandatory labels on foods containing DNA? 80% of Americans support that. According to a recent survey by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics, over 80% of Americans said they would support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” roughly the same number that support the mandatory labeling of GMO foods…

Sykes’ Yeti-polar bear data conclusions challenged

Artists version of the "yeti" as a hybrid polar bear

There is an update to the story about ancient polar bear DNA found in the samples gathered while searching for the Yeti in Asia. It throws doubt on the results that there is a new type of hybrid bear. BBC News – Scientists challenge ‘Abominable Snowman DNA’ results. Last year, Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes…

King Richard’s genes reveal hidden royal scandal

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Well, isn’t this interesting. You never know what you’re going to get. The body found buried in a car park now has additional evidence to show it really is that of Richard III. But wait… there’s more… Richard III DNA shows British Royal family may not have royal bloodline. Genetic testing through his maternal DNA proved…

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…

Monster news from Russia continues to be just as awful as ever

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Endlessly optimistic Russian scientists say they have evidence of the existence of almas/almasty. Has the Yeti Come to the Moscow Region? | The Moscow Times. OK, I’ll say it. NO. You may or may not have noticed that we don’t carry Bigfoot news much anymore. For one, the typical news stories are downright absurd consisting…

Sykes “Yeti” investigation published

Artists version of the "yeti" as a hybrid polar bear

The awaited paper is available here [PDF]. Dr. Bryan Sykes’ work was covered in a nice documentary that aired on British TV and in a condensed version in the U.S. Dr. Sykes has followed through and reported his findings of suspected Yeti hair in a very reputable journal. A book will follow. Was It a Yeti?…

Synthetic DNA adds new letters to genetic alphabet

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Cue the alien genetics conspiracy theory narratives… First life with ‘alien’ DNA (Nature): Scientists have created the first organism with synthetic DNA that can replicate in a cell, an achievement that promises to add new letters to the genetic code underlying life on Earth. In the natural world, just two chemical base pairs, known simply…

Can a new DNA kit find the location of your ancestral tribe?

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While I would like this to be true, it sounds too GOOD to be true. And rather cheap. Something is amiss. Ground breaking technique offers DNA ‘Sat Nav’ direct to your ancestor’s home 1,000 years ago. Tracing where your DNA was formed over 1,000 years ago is now possible due to a revolutionary technique developed…

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…

DNA study might shed new light on Elvis’ death

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He’s left the building and left DNA as well. Channel 4 show ‘discovers cause of Elvis Presley’s death’ A Channel 4 show which attempts to sequence the DNA of historical figures from Adolf Hitler to Marilyn Monroe claims to have discovered what could have caused Elvis Presley’s early death. DNA analysis on a hair sample…

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…

Ancient teeth had traces of plaque, I mean, plague… Wait, what?

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Remnant plague? Now sequenced. Scientists find ancient plague DNA in teeth. Researchers found tiny bits of DNA in the teeth of two German victims killed by the Justinian plague about 1,500 years ago. With those fragments, they reconstructed the genome of the oldest bacteria known. They concluded the Justinian plague was caused by a strain…

A new way to find new species – sample the water

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Amazing! DNA technology gives us a new way to do a fish census. Thousands of fish ID’d from glass of water. A glass full of water is all fish detectives needed to identify approximately 13,000 fish living in the larger body of water from which the sample was taken, report researchers. The secret is in…

Mystery goo origin revealed via DNA: When the magpie met the frog

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This material found in a park in the U.K. had previously been tested and revealed to be frog spawn but they went another step. I really love that they tested this material. Test Results Back For ‘Alien Goo’ Found After UFO Sighting in Somerset. The mystery of alien goo which appeared in Somerset following an…

New, rare river dolphin identified in Brazil

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A not unexpected surprise. But a nice one. BBC News – Brazil dolphin is first new river species since 1918. Scientists in Brazil have discovered the first new river dolphin species since the end of World War One. Named after the Araguaia river where it was found, the species is only the fifth known of…

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…

FDA cracks down on questionable genome testing kit

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The FDA issues a Warning Letter to the CEO of 23andMe, Inc. personal genome service. F.D.A. Demands a Halt to a DNA Test Kit’s Marketing – NYTimes.com. In a crackdown on genetic testing offered directly to consumers, the Food and Drug Administration is demanding that 23andMe immediately cease marketing its main DNA service until it…

Journal board tells Ketchum to knock it off

The former directors of the Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Exploration in Zoology – JAMEZ – have warned Melba Ketchum to stop saying she bought their journal and obtained peer review for her Bigfoot DNA study. The dominos continue to fall as her study continues to degrade. Hard to imagine it can GET much lower but…

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…

A bloody mess: Relic from king’s death is questioned

Legend has it that a witness to the 1793 beheading of Louis XVI soaked up his blood with a handkerchief that was preserved in a gourd. The owners used the cloth for DNA testing but needed a relative of the king to see if there was a genetic match. This is turning out to be…

First hint of Sykes’ Yeti book

Mascot for a Russian mining company were the Yeti was supposedly seen

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…