DNA evidence shows that groups in the Amazon are more closely related to indigenous Australians than Native Americans smithsonianmag.com/sciencโ€ฆ
The Carolina Dog is a dog breed first discovered living wild in the southeast region of the United States, and after extensive DNA testing it is believed they are descendants of the first animals to accompany humans across the Bering land bridge thousands of years ago. akc.org/dog-breeds/caroliโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the โ€œBuckskin Girlโ€ murdered 40 years ago, and unable to be identified but named after her coat. In 2017 an unrefrigerated lab vial of her blood was successfully DNA analysed. Her mother was located still living in the same house, refusing to move or change phone numbers hoping for her return en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNAโ€ฆ
Elephants rarely get cancer because they have extra copies of two cancer-fighting genes: P53, which hunts for cells with miscopied DNA, and LIF6, which obliterates the mutated cells before they can form a tumor. sciencemag.org/news/2018/โ€ฆ
A rescue ship at the Titanic sinking pulled a dead infant from the sea who wasnโ€™t able to be identified. The shipโ€™s sailors paid for a graveside monument dedicated to The Unknown Child. In 2007, DNA testing showed the child to be from an English family of six, the Goodwins, who all drowned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
Technically cats domesticated humans rather than the other way around, as they saw the advantage of living with humans. Thus for millennia the DNA "domesticated" cats remained largely the same as when they were "wild", as no selective breeding was needed to make them tame. nationalgeographic.com/neโ€ฆ
A viking grave of a woman warrior was dug up, and contrast to the skeletal evidence, it was assumed to be male due to the weapons in the grave. Even after DNA testing proved she was female, claims were then tried to be made that the bones got mixed up. smithsonianmag.com/smart-โ€ฆ
The vikings brought native American wives to Iceland, and their DNA is still present on the island. independent.co.uk/life-stโ€ฆ
Today I learned about pan-human love. In past 300k years, we overlapped with 6 known human species. All but us now extinct, though we interbred and carry the DNA of at least two (Denisovans, Neanderthals). Some Neanderthal skeletons carry our DNA too. Denisovans and Neanderthals mixed separately from us also. discovermagazine.com/planโ€ฆ
DNA tests of 39 of Adolf Hitler's living relatives suggest he had both Jewish and African ancestors. history.com/.amp/news/stuโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Lydia Fairchild a mother from Washington State who's accused of fraud & kidnapping her own children. During application for government assistance, DNA test shows she has no connection to her kids. It turned out she has chimerism, she has 2 sets of DNA, the reason for the maternal test anomaly lifedaily.com/story/motheโ€ฆ
The notion that we are all 99.9% the same came from looking for differences in our DNA letter by letter. The new studies show people not only have differences within their genes, but also in the number of their genes. We are definitely not as alike as we once believed. genetics.thetech.org/origโ€ฆ
Researchers sent out surveys to 23AndMe users asking if they noticed a smell when peeing after eating asparagus. Using the 53% that said "Yes", they were able to isolate the specific part of the DNA that determines whether you can smell asparagus pee. mindthesciencegap.org/201โ€ฆ
The dangerous strains of E-Coli Bacteria only came into existence in the early 70s, when, by a freak event of DNA sharing, a E-Coli Bacterium gained the gene to produce kidney and intestine destroying Shiga Toxins from a Shigella Bacterium, the bacteria that causes Dysentery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escโ€ฆ
The shadows on the Velociraptor in this scene in Jurassic Park are DNA nucleotide sequences youtu.be/EG3nizApcRQ
In 1986, when a murdered woman was found by her husband in their LA apartment, the LAPD considered the case a botched burglary. The womanโ€™s father said that an old lover of his daughterโ€™s husband-an LA cop, was the murderer. He was proven right by a DNA match over 20 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murโ€ฆ
Heteropaternal Superfecundation is referred to as a form of twinning where genetically the twins are half siblings or they have different fathers. In 2013, a New Jersey woman found out her twin daughters have different Daddy thru DNA test when she sought for child support on her partner. abc7ny.com/paterson-new-jโ€ฆ
In 1998 Two set of Family, a Christian from Siberia Russia and the other a Muslim Tajikistan native, got their 1st born daughters accidentally swapped at birth. The mistake was discovered 12 yrs later. The divorced Russian couple went thru DNA test for the settlement of alimony. siberiantimes.com/other/oโ€ฆ
Grey wolves and dogs share 99.9% of their DNA and can breed with each other. snopes.com/fact-check/dogโ€ฆ
Only 1% of DNA is for protein-coding genes, the rest 99% is non-coding and was once thought to be junk. Later studies found that it can't be that such a huge chunk is just "packaging material" and it is starting to become clear that it has many uses, mainly as a regulator of different sorts ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/baโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the human connectome project, a project that maps the neural connections in human brain, just like the human genome project to map the DNA . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Brady Feigl a 6'4" redheaded minor league baseball pitcher in the Oakland Athletics system and Brady Feigl a 6'4" redheaded minor league baseball pitcher in the Texas Rangers system. Despite being each others doppelganger, DNA test did not indicate they were related to each other. huffpost.com/entry/basebaโ€ฆ
Today I learned about a serial killer, who was active in the 70s and 80s, and was caught almost 40 years later in 2018, thanks to the DNA testing company and tissue from his garbage can en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golโ€ฆ
Many people have Neanderthal genes in their DNA that predispose them to allergies, including pollen and animal hair npr.org/sections/health-sโ€ฆ
Humans share 50% DNA with bananas sanogenetics.com/blog/areโ€ฆ
In 2019 researchers studied DNA samples from Loch Ness and ruled out the presence of the large animals that are commonly said to have been behind the monster sightings. However, the researchers did not discount the possibility that the sighted animal was a big eel. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-โ€ฆ
China is the first and only country that's currently constructing a national forensic DNA database. They aim to collect and store genetic profiles of 10% of the country's male population, which can be used to construct genetic links to Chinaโ€™s entire male population, roughly 700 million people. aspi.org.au/report/genomiโ€ฆ
Today I learned about DNA marketplaces. The idea is that if you've had your genome sequenced, you'll be able to sell your own genomic data for research purposes. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artiโ€ฆ
Humans share 90% of our DNA with domestic cats pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9โ€ฆ
There is enough DNA in the average personโ€™s body to stretch from the Sun to Pluto and back โ€” 17 times theatlantic.com/science/aโ€ฆ
When you receive a bone marrow transplant, your bloodโ€™s DNA matches the donorโ€™s for the rest of your life. nytimes.com/2019/12/12/scโ€ฆ
The last two remnants of the virus known to cause smallpox, which are kept in tightly controlled government laboratories in the United States and Russia. In 2013, cloned variola major (smallpox) DNA fragments were found in a South African laboratory. wikipedia.org/wiki/Smallpโ€ฆ
Lobsters have the enzyme called "telomerase" which stops DNA strands called "telomeres" from damage as new cells are made. Other organisms' telomeres erode with age, but lobsters can theoretically live forever, because their ability to create perfect copies of cells never erodes. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukneโ€ฆ
A 2015 study by Clear Labs found that 10% of vegetarian hot dogs sold in the US had meat in them. An additional 2% contained human DNA edition.cnn.com/2015/10/2โ€ฆ
DNA can be traced back 17000 Years bionews.org.uk/page_14282โ€ฆ
Humans And Tortoises share a little more than 90% of dna. abc.net.au/news/2018-12-0โ€ฆ
While interbreeding occurred between neanderthals and early modern humans, the only genetic evidence of these events conserved within the human genome comes from Y chromosomal DNA meaning that all neanderthal DNA within modern humans comes from male neanderthal and female human pairings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intโ€ฆ
In 1956 Marija Gimbutas postulated the "Kurgan hypothesis" - that the source of Indo-European languages across Eurasia were the Steppe cultures of the Pontic steppe who first domesticated horses and invented the wheel. In recent years, ancient DNA studies seem to have proven her theory correct. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurโ€ฆ
DNA has a half-life of approximately 521 years, meaning that it would be broken down so much as to be useless after about 1 million years. slate.com/articles/healthโ€ฆ
Scientists managed to edit human embryos, freeing them from a piece of faulty DNA which caused a deadly heart disease that ran in families. The embryos were allowed to develop for 5 days before they stopped the experiment. bbc.co.uk/news/health-408โ€ฆ
That, in 2009, the National Academy of Sciences found only DNA analysis could rigorously and consistently match evidence to a single person/source with high confidence. Other methods, especially pattern matching (fingerprints, handwriting, bite marks, footprints, hair, fibers, etc.), could not. ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/gโ€ฆ
In 2008, A man died in a traffic accident in Seoul. In order to identify him, his DNA was analyzed & revealed that the DNA of his blood, along with some of his organs, appeared to show that he was female. It was later determined that he had received a bone marrow transplant from his daughter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiโ€ฆ
Melanin forms a protective cap over the nucleus to protect against DNA damage. sciencedirect.com/scienceโ€ฆ
A boy whose whole body looked like an open wound because of a genetic condition which led his skin to be paperthin, had a skin sample taken, its DNA repaired, & the modified skin cells grown to make skin grafts totalling 0.85 sq m. He now leads a normal life. bbc.co.uk/news/health-419โ€ฆ
In 2014, James D. Watson, who shared a 1962 Nobel Prize for describing the double-helix structure of DNA, sold his Nobel Prize Medal for $4.1M USD. In doing so, he became the first living Nobelist to sell his medal. theguardian.com/science/2โ€ฆ
Identical twins both ordered to pay child support after DNA tests fail to determine who baby's father is independent.co.uk/news/woโ€ฆ
There's a company that takes your DNA sequence and predicts which wine you would enjoy. prnewswire.com/news-releaโ€ฆ
How often you hold your baby actually affects their DNA. The researchers looked at a process called DNA methylation. When they compared the methylation between the children the cells of the low-contact children were less mature than they should have been given the childโ€™s actual age. miamiherald.com/news/natiโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Prions, infectious agents that are not viruses or bacteria, have no DNA, have great resistance to disinfectants/cooking, and can persist in environments for years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priโ€ฆ
Da Vinci was given a vineyard as payment for making The Last Supper, which was bombed in WW2, and the DNA of those vines is being used to recreate the wines he had telegraph.co.uk/news/2019โ€ฆ
In the summer of 2011, authorities were finally able to create a DNA profile of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy and upload it to the FBIโ€™s national database when vials of his blood, taken in 1978, were discovered previously untouched and forgotten in a Florida crime lab khq.com/news/newly-discovโ€ฆ
DNA researchers have identified a gene mutation (ADRB1) that causes people to require less sleep than the average person. They can sleep 6 hours as opposed to the recommended 8 hours a night, and still experience โ€œheightened wakefulnessโ€. ajmc.com/newsroom/a-rare-โ€ฆ
Late in his life, Charles Lindbergh had affairs that produced three children by a German woman and two children by her sister. These children only found out who their father was using DNA testing after his death. independent.co.uk/news/woโ€ฆ
A woman's advanced metastatic breast cancer was cured with an experimental immunotherapy treatment. DNA in Judy Perkins' tumor tissue was analyzed for mutations specific to her cancer; billions of her unique T cells were lab-grown & infused back into her body with the aid of two drugs. npr.org/sections/health-sโ€ฆ
A newly crafted DNA base pair, an unnatural base pair (UBP), has been used to create a semi-synthetic organism that can make amino acids and proteins not otherwise found in nature ted.com/talks/floyd_e_romโ€ฆ
, licked envelopes can yield sufficient DNA to provide a conviction. seattletimes.com/seattle-โ€ฆ
The Italian child killer Massimo Bossetti was caught after his father, who had an affair with his mother, licked the back of a stamp 11 years ago before his death, which let the investigators to acquire his DNA. This lead to the arrest of his son, in the largest murder investigation in History. mysterydive.com/the-storyโ€ฆ
The Berber people of North Africa and the Sami people of northern Scandinavia share a close mitochondrial DNA link. Researchers found that the two groups diverged about 9000 years ago, just after the last ice age. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artiโ€ฆ
Since female dairy cows are much more valuable than bulls we use machines to sort bull semen into male vs female semen. These machines work based on the fact that XX semen have more DNA than XY, and thus greater mass, and can be automatically discriminated when colored with florescence. agweb.com/article/how-it-โ€ฆ
Bowhead whales are the only baleen whales native to Arctic waters, and their thick triangular skulls are designed to crack through ice.These whales are considered the longest living mammals and can live for 200+ yrs.Specific mutations in their DNA give these whales enhanced resistance to cancer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowโ€ฆ
The DNA Doe Project has helped identify over 24 victims. Some families receive closure after 20+ years. Victims range from a bootlegger found in 1979 to a woman thrown from a truck in 2017. The volunteers work from donations. You can also help by submitting your DNA results to GEDmatch. dnadoeproject.org/projectโ€ฆ
Infliximab (Remicade) is derived from human and mouse DNA and is an approved for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, Crohnโ€™s disease and ulcerative colitis, and psoriasis. ti.ubc.ca/2019/11/11/123-โ€ฆ
Humans can have 2 sets of DNA, from absorbing a twin or bone marrow transplants. scientificamerican.com/arโ€ฆ
There is a group of wolves in British Columbia known as "sea wolves" and 90% of their food comes from the sea. They have distinct DNA that sets them apart from interior wolves and they're entirely dedicated to the sea, swimming several miles everyday in search of seafood. news.nationalgeographic.cโ€ฆ
A skeleton from 7150 BC found in an English cave was a DNA match for a history teacher living nearby en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gouโ€ฆ
Humans and many other Eukaryotes have segments of DNA that hop around to different positions on chromosomes. They're called Transposons, or "Jumping Genes," and their discoverer Barbara McClintock was ridiculed for thirty years before being awarded a Nobel Prize in 1983. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artiโ€ฆ
In 2019 a French burglar left DNA traces all over the crime scenes, so that he could get arrested and go to prison, where he could watch the TV channel Canal+ for free. odditycentral.com/news/exโ€ฆ
Girls have more DNA than boys. This is due to the X Chromosome having more base pairs than the Y Chromosome. web.ornl.gov/sci/techresoโ€ฆ
Subway chicken was DNA tested by a Canadian firm and was found to only contain about 50% chicken, with much of the rest being soy filler. nypost.com/2017/02/28/subโ€ฆ
After analyzing Richard III's DNA, it was revealed that either the House of York or the House of Lancaster were the product of infidelity. bbc.com/news/science-enviโ€ฆ
The mystery as to what happened to Martin Bormann, Hitler's Private Secretary and former Deputy Fuhrer, was solved in 1999 when his remains were positively identified by DNA testing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marโ€ฆ
Modern humans and neanderthals interbred, and as a result, all non-Africans carry between one and four percent Neanderthal DNA. sciencemag.org/news/2016/โ€ฆ
Indigenous Australians are the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth, a fact backed by the first extensive study of their DNA, which dates their origins to more than 50,000 years ago. Scientists traced their linage to the DNA of modern populations in Australia and Papua New Guinea. theguardian.com/australiaโ€ฆ
Today I learned about sesquizygotic (or half-identical) twins, who share 100% of their maternal DNA while having different sets of paternal DNA. This is likely due to a single egg being fertilised by two sperm cells. sci-news.com/medicine/sesโ€ฆ
In 2015, the State of New York conducted DNA tests on popular supplements and found that in 4 out of 5 cases the pills contained nothing more than filler npr.org/sections/thetwo-wโ€ฆ
A human cell can hold 75MB of information. A single sperm holds around 37.5MB of DNA data. An ejaculation contains an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 Terrabytes of data. This is a bandwidth of roughly 1.4TB/s to 2.2TB/s assuming an up-time of 5 seconds and no packet loss. tomshardware.com/uk/news/โ€ฆ
In 2009 identical twins Hassan and Abbas O. were suspects in a $6.8 million jewelry heist. DNA matching the twins was found but they had to be released citing "we can deduce that at least one of the brothers took part in the crime, but it has not been possible to determine which one." content.time.com/time/worโ€ฆ
July 21, 2014, Research was published that showed how scientists from Temple University were able to permanently delete the HIV virus from human DNAโ€”snipping out the gene, and allowing the cellโ€™s repair machinery to take over, soldering the genome back togetherโ€”resulting in virus-free cells. engadget.com/2014/07/22/rโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Clarence Elkins, who was wrongly imprisoned for the murder of his mother-in-law and assault of his 6-year-old niece. His wife worked hard to exonerate him and found a likely suspect who was in the same jail as him. Clarence collected a cigarette heโ€™d used. His DNA matched. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claโ€ฆ
Humans and bananas share about 50% of the same DNA. science.howstuffworks.comโ€ฆ
A physician and sexual predator named John Schneeberger successfully foiled several DNA tests by surgically installing a tube in his arm filled with someone else's blood and then tricking the lab tech into taking the blood sample from it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johโ€ฆ
The murderer of a 13-year-old Italian girl was caught after police tested 18,000 DNA samples and discovered he was an illegitimate son of a man whoโ€™d died in 1999. They discovered that the man had had a lot of affairs and illegitimate children, but eventually found the murdererโ€™s mother. theguardian.com/world/201โ€ฆ
A doctor who was accused of sexual assault managed to beat three DNA tests by implanting a plastic tube filled with another man's blood in his arm. A more comprehensive test using hair and saliva samples resulted in a match. He was eventually convicted, jailed, and deported. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johโ€ฆ
The origins of Chemotherapy come from mustard gas during WWII when scientists realized that it damaged DNA and decreased the formation of blood cells by the bone marrow. They wondered if similar compounds would have a similar effect on cancer cell proliferation. And so Chemo was born. scienceblog.cancerresearcโ€ฆ
One human cell contains about 2 meters of DNA. If one human body has around 50 trillion cells, that's about 100 trillion meters of DNA. The distance to the sun from earth is about 150 billion meters which means that there's enough DNA in a human body to reach the sun and back 300 times. nature.com/scitable/topicโ€ฆ
A contagious type of cancer called CTVT have been passed from dog to dog through mating and carries the DNA from it's first host, dated from 11.000 years ago. theatlantic.com/science/aโ€ฆ
Kendrick Lamar's track "DNA" sampled Rick James yelling "Gimme some ganja" during a 1982 live performance okayplayer.com/music/kendโ€ฆ
Ancient DNA shows how recent adult lactose tolerance is, in evolutionary terms. 20,000 years ago, it was non-existent. Today, about 1/3 of all adults have tolerance. That lightning-fast evolutionary change suggests that direct milk consumption must have provided a serious survival advantage smithsonianmag.com/sciencโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Alu element, a short stretch of DNA that appears over a million times in the human genome but we don't know what, if any, purpose it has. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluโ€ฆ
A study from Trinity College found the Irish share the same Y-DNA with the Basque and Galicians of Northern Spain lending some legitimacy to the ancient Celtic myth that Ireland was populated by the sons of the Iberian king Mil. irishtimes.com/news/genetโ€ฆ
After Nicole van den Hurk's death, her stepbrother falsely confessed to the killing in order to get her body exhumed for DNA tests, leading to the arrest and prosecution of her real attacker en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deaโ€ฆ
Chlamidial cells are strange organisms closely related to blue-green algae that have DNA like bacteria but can only reproduce parasitically in foreign cells like a virus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlโ€ฆ
Mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell, is not a part of our DNA, but instead is a bacteria that developed a symbiotic relationship with cells some 1.7 to 2 billion years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitโ€ฆ
The movement of plants from water to land was made possible when genes from soil bacteria were transferred to algae through a process called horizontal gene transfer (HGT). Unlike vertical gene transfer, such as the transfer of DNA from parent to child, HGT occurs between different species. phys.org/news/2019-11-genโ€ฆ
DNA tests revealed that King Tut's parents were actually brother and sister. nationalgeographic.com/neโ€ฆ
Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov paid $4.7 million to buy the gold Nobel medal awarded to biologist James Watson who discovered DNAโ€™s double helix, but then he returned the medal back to Watson. newsweek.com/russian-billโ€ฆ
A more accurate form of DNA test was invented to help solve crimes that are committed by a twin. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-2โ€ฆ
Caterpillars don't "morph" into butterflies. Their bodies turn into a protein 'goop' within their chrysalis and rapid DNA-driven cell-division takes care of the rest. scientificamerican.com/arโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Antwerp Diamond Heist, a 2003 jewellery heist in which thieves stole over $100 million worth of gems. The ringleader was caught after he was linked to DNA on a partially eaten salami sandwich found near the crime scene. Most of the stolen diamonds remain uncovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antโ€ฆ
Keanu Reeves was sued by a woman who suggested that he used hypnosis and impersonated her ex-husband to impregnate her. She sought $3 million in spousal support from the actor, and $150,000/month, retroactively, in child support. DNA test proved he was not the father and the suit was thrown out. usmagazine.com/celebrity-โ€ฆ

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