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South African snatched baby found after 17yrs

South African snatched baby found after 17yrs

A South African woman has appeared in court over the kidnapping of a baby in a Cape Town hospital 17 years ago. The girl's biological parents, Celeste and Morne Nurse, were reunited with her after she was enrolled in the same school as her sister. After seeing the pair's likeness, the biological family invited the...

Crucial vote on three-person babies

Crucial vote on three-person babies

MPs will hold a crucial vote later to decide whether to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people. They will have a free vote on the technique, which is aimed at preventing deadly genetic diseases being passed from mother to child according to BBC report. The UK could become the first country...

Poor weather frustrates efforts to reach AirAsia wreck

Poor weather frustrates efforts to reach AirAsia wreck

Search teams looking for the sunken wreck of an AirAsia jet off Borneo struggled to resume full-scale operations on Thursday after a small window of fine weather closed, giving way to rising seas which have dogged the search from the start. As dawn broke, revealing blue skies, hopes had risen for divers to be...

New scheme to fight cancer and genetic diseases

New scheme to fight cancer and genetic diseases

A new genetics project could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases", the National Health Service England says. Under the scheme, 11 Genomics Medicine Centres are being set up in English hospitals to gather DNA samples to help devise targeted treatments for a wide range of diseases. It is focusing on cancer and...

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...

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