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On DNA, Scalia Was Right

The words “Antonin Scalia was right” do not flow easily for me. But the court’s most uncompromising conservative was correct when he issued a dire-sounding warning from the bench: “Make no mistake about it: Because of today’s decision, your DNA can be taken and entered into a national database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason.”

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DNA Ruling

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DNA Sampling and Police

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Supreme Court DNA Collection

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Supreme Court: Police Can Take Your DNA Upon Arrest

In what’s been hailed as a “resounding victory for law enforcement,” a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can collect DNA samples from people arrested in connection with serious crimes.

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Death Row Inmate Denied DNA Test, Scheduled to Be Executed Tuesday

According to Dov Fox of the Georgetown University Law Center, there was never any physical evidence linking Willie Jerome Manning to the slayings. The FBI has also recently acknowledged that the forensics evidence used to convict him was flawed.

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Scientists Manipulate Cells With Computerized DNA

Researchers at Stanford University used genetic material to develop substances akin to “biological computers” that can monitor and possibly one day take control of cells into which they’ve been injected.

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Bearing Sons Can Change the Mind

Sons can permanently alter their mothers’ brain chemistry and may help defend against Alzheimer’s disease, a new study shows.

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Scientists Turn DNA Into a Virtually Limitless Storehouse

The successful translation of a book into genetic coding suggests that the building blocks of life could be used to store data cheaply, durably and with staggeringly little space compared with conventional digital devices.

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And Now, This Neanderthal News Update

Take this one to the Creation Museum: A team of researchers has advanced the idea, in a new journal article published in Molecular Biology and Evolution, that our Neanderthal cousins had mostly died out by the time we Homo sapiens entered the evolutionary scene in full force.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 READ MORE


Defusing a Sociological Bomb

Race still matters in America and justice is not completely blind. Anyone who believes otherwise should examine the case of Cornelius Dupree Jr., who was ruled innocent Tuesday after spending 30 years in prison.

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Are the Death Penalty’s Days Numbered in Texas?

Texas is one of those states that would appear to be among the least likely to do away with capital punishment anytime soon, but as The Huffington Post’s Laura Bassett reports, a district court in the Lone Star State will reconsider the death penalty this Monday.

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Wikimedia Commons / Posta Romana

Romanians Dig for Ceausescu’s DNA

Who’s buried in Nicolae Ceausescu’s grave? Some inquiring Romanians, including Valentin Ceausescu, the sole surviving son of the European nation’s late dictator, would like to find out with the magic of DNA testing.

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Scientists Crack Skin and Lung Cancers’ Genetic Codes

Scientists are now able to map the complete genetic codes of lung and skin cancer, and now an international effort is in motion to do the same for more varieties, including breast, stomach, liver, brain, mouth and pancreatic cancer.

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Not All Swine Flu News Is Bad

Of course, nobody knows for sure how the H1N1 swine flu virus might morph in the future, but the word from the science community suggests that the current strain may not be quite as catastrophic as it’s been cracked up to be.

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DNA Could Exonerate ‘Satanic Murderers’

Fifteen years ago, the “West Memphis Three” were convicted of the torture and murder of three Cub Scouts in Arkansas. New DNA evidence has bolstered the argument, laid out in two HBO documentaries and an upcoming movie, that the three teenagers convicted—one of whom was sentenced to death—were victims themselves of a community more concerned with their taste in music than evidence.

Posted on Nov 4, 2007 READ MORE


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AP photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth

Dr. Watson Hangs It Up

Although his contributions to the field of genetics will probably continue to define his scholarly legacy, it seems that the final chapter of DNA pioneer James Watson’s career has been irrevocably marred by the reckless and inflammatory remarks he recently made about race and intelligence.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


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DNA Scientist Apologizes for Race Remarks

Nobel-winning scientist James Watson, half of the DNA-pioneering team Watson and Crick, is undergoing a firestorm of criticism for recent comments he made in London’s Sunday Times about how he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours—whereas all the testing says not really.” 

Posted on Oct 19, 2007 READ MORE


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Henry Doorly Zoo

Baby Shark Conceived Without Father

In one of the more startling scientific discoveries of late, two teams of researchers have found that a baby hammerhead born in a Nebraska aquarium six years ago was conceived via parthogenesis—i.e., without the genetic contribution of a male.

Posted on May 24, 2007 READ MORE


When Justice Is Skin-Deep

The falsely accused Duke lacrosse players deserve their indignation, but so does Jerry Miller, who spent 24 years in jail for a rape he did not commit. It turns out there are many innocent men—too many of them African-American—who have done time they shouldn’t have, and there are probably many, many more.

Posted on Apr 26, 2007 READ MORE


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The Jungle Woman of Cambodia

A woman in Cambodia walked out of the jungle a week ago, making odd grunting noises and walking like a monkey. From a scar on her arm, one family has claimed her as its own, saying she ran away 19 years ago. But skeptics abound, and her inability to speak is no help in solving the mystery.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


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dw-world.de

Fertility Clinics Offer Brave New World

Doctors on the frontier of in vitro fertilization now offer to test embryos for predisposition to treatable cancers and other ailments using the same technique that detects some serious childhood maladies.  As scientists learn more about the code that builds human life, critics warn of an age when the wealthy will be able to buy a healthier brood.

Posted on Sep 3, 2006 READ MORE


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Study: Sexual Desire in the Genes

Researchers have discovered that differences in human sexual desire can be attributed to genetic variations.

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