What may be the oldest fragments of the modern human genome found yet have now been revealed — DNA from the 7,000-year-old bones of two cavemen unearthed in Spain, researchers say.
These findings suggest the cavemen there were not the ancestors of the people found in the region today, investigators added.
Until about 8500 years ago, Europe was populated by nomadic hunter-gatherers who hunted, fished, and ate wild plants. Then, the farming way of life swept into the continent from its origins in the Near East, including modern-day Turkey. Within 3000 years most of the hunter-gatherers had disappeared. Little is known about these early Europeans. But a new genetic analysis of two 8000-year-old skeletons from Spain suggests that they might have been a remarkably cohesive population both genetically and culturally—a conclusion that other researchers find intriguing but possibly premature.
MADISON, Wis., Jun 28, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The rapid expansion of DNA technologies has both technical and ethical implications. Forensic professionals interested in learning about developing forensic DNA technologies and exploring the potential impact are invited to join scientists, law enforcement professionals and forensic experts at the 23rd International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI), October 15-18 in Nashville, Tennessee.
In this Monday June 25, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Army, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) recovery team works at the site where military aircraft wreckage was found on Colony Glacier, Alaska. The surface was marked with deep crevasses so the team took numerous safety precautions to mitigate the risk. The five-man team initially went out to investigate the area, but deteriorating conditions on the glacier caused the team to transition into recovery mode to ensure the most amount of evidence could be recovered for further analysis at JPAC’s Central Identification Laboratory. Photo: U.S. Army, Jamie D. Dobson / AP
In a 5-4 decision issued June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a rape conviction despite the defendant’s objection that his constitutional right to confront prosecution witnesses was violated because he could not cross-examine the lab test analyst who produced his DNA profile.
Analyzing the DNA samples of juveniles who have not been found guilty of any crime is an unconstitutional warrantless search, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
The Ministry of the Interior is buying equipment to create a DNA database based on the one in the U.K.
President Putin has approved amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code stipulating DNA testing of all unidentified bodies, with the results to be registered in a database of genomic information. This is expected to significantly increase the crime clearance rate. The Interior Ministry, which initiated the above amendments, is willing to invest 1 billion rubles ($30 million) in DNA analysis equipment.
Thermal Gradient Inc, a developer of disposable DNA testing devices, has initiated the manufacture of its next generation device.
IntegenX Inc., a privately held company and leading developer of rapid human DNA identification technology, DNA sequencing library preparation systems, and DNA/RNA room temperature stability and storage products, today announced the unveiling of its RapidHIT™ Human Identification System at the new Key Forensics Services Ltd (KFS) facility in Warrington, United Kingdom. KFS is one of the early access sites for the new system and will be the first to provide Rapid DNA identification capabilities to U.K. law enforcement organizations.
Research on DNA testing sexual assault kits reveals a complex picture.