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UK 'to lead moon landing in 10 years'

UK 'to lead moon landing in 10 years'

A British-led consortium has outlined its plans to land a robotic probe on the Moon in 10 years' time. Its aim is to raise £500m for the project from donations by the public. In return, donors would be able to have photos, text and their DNA included in a time capsule which will be buried...

Michael Jackson stored DNA to create clones?

Michael Jackson stored DNA to create clones?

Michael Jackson cloned his DNA before he died to create a troop of mini-Jacksons and perfect copies of himself, reports the Times of India. Scientist Michael Luckman, who learnt about the popstar's sperm scheme from Jackson's costume designer and friend Andre Van Pier, said in his new book that he made "safe deposits" of...

Genome sequence sheds light on interbreeding with Neanderthals

Genome sequence sheds light on interbreeding with Neanderthals

A new study published in the journal Nature has revealed the DNA results from a 45,000-year-old leg bone from Siberia, producing the oldest genome sequence ever carried out for Homo sapiens – nearly twice the age of the next-oldest known complete modern human genome. The results have helped pinpoint when Homo sapiens first...

DNA overturns 30-year US convictions

DNA overturns 30-year US convictions

Two US men who spent three decades in prison for rape and murder, one of them on death row, have been released after DNA evidence proved their innocence. Mentally disabled half brothers Henry McCollum, 50, and Leon Brown, 46, were convicted in 1984 of raping and killing an 11-year-old girl in North Carolina. Recently analysed...

DNA collection begins to identify MH17 victims

DNA collection begins to identify MH17 victims

Forensic teams fanned out across the Netherlands yesterday to collect material that will help positively identify the remains of victims killed in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine. Families and friends of the dead huddled to console one another at churches, schools and sports clubs across the nation. Altius, a small...

Mobile phones carry owners' bacterial 'fingerprint'

Mobile phones carry owners' bacterial 'fingerprint'

Smartphones reflect the personal microbial world of their owners, say US scientists. More than 80 percent of the common bacteria that make up our personal bacterial "fingerprints" end up on their screens, a study suggests. Personal possessions, such as phones, might be useful for tracking the spread of bacteria, they report in PeerJ. They reflect our...

Little kiwi, huge elephant bird were of a feather

Little kiwi, huge elephant bird were of a feather

They might be the odd couple of the bird world. Scientists on Thursday identified the closest relative of New Zealand's famed kiwi, a shy chicken-sized flightless bird, as the elephant bird of Madagascar, a flightless giant that was 10 feet (3 meters) tall and went extinct a few centuries ago. The surprising findings, based on...

Ancient skeleton shedding light on first Americans

Ancient skeleton shedding light on first Americans

Thousands of years ago, a teenage girl toppled into a deep hole in a Mexican cave and died. Now, her skeleton and her DNA are bolstering the long-held theory that humans arrived in the Americas by way of a land bridge from Asia, scientists say. The girl’s nearly complete skeleton was discovered by chance...

Scientists create life form using artificial DNA

Scientists create life form using artificial DNA

Scientists have created the first “semi-synthetic” micro-organism with a radically different genetic code from the rest of life on Earth. The researchers believe the breakthrough is the first step towards creating new microbial life-forms with novel industrial or medical properties resulting from a potentially massive expansion of genetic information. The semi-synthetic microbe, a genetically modified...

DNA tests create scope for closure

DNA tests create scope for closure

Safura Khatun, mother of Rashida Khatun, a seamstress who was killed in the Rana Plaza tragedy last year, finally touched the grave of her beloved daughter yesterday after a whole one year. She found the news of her child's grave in the capital's Jurain graveyard in February but could not come from her village...

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