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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...

No transparency in PM's relief fund for Rana Plaza victims

The government has failed to show transparency in collecting and distributing money for the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse, a BNP leader said yesterday. “There was no transparency and accountability in dealing with the Prime Minister's relief fund. It is still unclear who received how much money from the relief fund and who contributed to the fund,” said Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury who is also an adviser to the BNP chairperson. Chowdhury's comment came at a dialogue --BBC Bangladesh...

Call for compensating Rana Plaza's missing workers

Bangladesh Garment Sramik Sanghati (BGSS) yesterday urged the government to declare dead the 183 missing workers from the Rana Plaza collapse, whose bodies could not be identified even after two stages of DNA sampling. “Their families can then become eligible for compensation,” Taslima Akhter, convener of BGSS, said at a press conference. The families of missing workers have received very little compensation, as the authorities have only compensated those whose bodies were found or identified in the DNA sampling, she said. The...

DNA reunites S. Korean twins after 26 yrs

DNA reunites S. Korean twins after 26 yrs

DNA tests have proven that two women, given up for adoption in South Korea, but who reconnected 26 years later via the internet, are identical twins. In a storyline that is straight out of Hollywood, Anais Bordier contacted Samantha Futerman by e-mail in February last year to say that the Los Angeles-based actress looked...

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