As DNA technology has advanced, wrongful convictions result from touch DNA and contamination, where tiny DNA samples may have transferred from someone other than the perpetrator of the crime. Furthermore, commercial software is further advancing technology without revealing important information about its processes, which could lead to more wrongful convictions.
Gene editing is much closer to prime time deployment after dramatic advancements in CRISPR gene editing technology.
Examining clues from fur texture and skull shape to DNA, scientists recently discovered a new species of orangutan that happens to be the rarest great ape species on earth.
Some our ‘human’ DNA comes from ancient alien viruses that colonized our ancestors’ bodies millions of years ago, in part shaping our evolution.
Throwing a wrench into the dream of space travel, a unique NASA study discovered that extensive time in space changes astronauts on a genetic level.
A Hong Kong study detects a type of throat cancer by searching for a linked virus in traces of tumor DNA in the bloodstream.
First proposed in 1801, the idea that an animal can pass on memories of experiences to its children and grandchildren is gaining traction today. Rats whose grandparents were electrically shocked or exposed to high temperatures respond to their environment differently than non-traumatized rats.
Vitamins B6 and B12 are taken by many to increase energy, but it turns out they can cause lung cancer in men.
A blood-filled tick from 30 million years ago ended up in the hands of the scientist whose work informed “Jurassic Park”
Octopi use a unique genetic mechanism to learn and adapt to their environment. RNA editing is also implicated in human disease including cancer, epilepsy, schizophrenia and cystic fibrosis.