FDA approves first DNA-based test for colon cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patients’ DNA to help spot potentially deadly tumors and growths. The Cologuard test from Exact Sciences detects […]


A Schiphol worker adjusts flowers people have placed outside Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Friday, July 18, 2014. The attack on a Malaysian jetliner Thursday afternoon killed 298 people from nearly a dozen nations, more than half being Dutch, including vacationers, students and a large contingent of scientists heading to an AIDS conference in Australia. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)

Forensic experts gather material to ID victims

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Forensic teams fanned out across the Netherlands on Saturday to collect material including DNA samples that will help positively identify the remains of victims killed in the downing of the […]


In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2008 file photo, taken in Palo Alto, Calif., a man in an ape costume is outside a hotel where a media conference is held announcing the claim that a deceased bigfoot or sasquatch creature had been found in Georgia. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Bigfoot hair samples mostly from bears, wolves

LONDON (AP) — DNA testing is taking a bite out of the Bigfoot legend. After scientists analyzed more than 30 hair samples reportedly left behind by Bigfoot and similar mythical beasts like the Himalayan Yeti, […]


A criminalist trainee prepares sample bone fragments for DNA testing at the training lab in the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Scientists still working to ID victims from 9/11

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of vacuum-sealed plastic pouches filled with bits of bone rest in a Manhattan laboratory. These are the last unidentified fragments of the people who died in the World Trade Center […]


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FDA OKs first-ever DNA alternative to Pap smear

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators have cleared a genetic test from Roche as the first ever U.S.-approved alternative to the Pap smear, the decades-old mainstay of cervical cancer screening. The Food and Drug Administration […]


In this Wednesday, March 26, 2014 photo, Don Walker, a human osteologist with the Museum of London, poses for photographers, with one of the skeletons found by construction workers under central London's Charterhouse Square. Twenty-five skeletons were uncovered last year during work on Crossrail, a new rail line that's boring 13 miles (21 kilometers) of tunnels under the heart of the city. Archaeologists immediately suspected the bones came from a cemetery for victims of the bubonic plague that ravaged Europe in the 14th century. The Black Death, as the plague was called, is thought to have killed at least 75 million people, including more than half of Britain's population. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

London skeletons reveal secrets of the Black Death

LONDON (AP) — You can learn a lot from a tooth. Molars taken from skeletons unearthed by work on a new London railway line are revealing secrets of the medieval Black Death — and of […]


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FDA weighs risks of 3-person embryo fertilization

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators will consider this week whether to green light a provocative new fertilization technique that proponents say could eventually create babies from the DNA of three people, with the goal […]


Lonnie Franklin Jr., right, appears with his attorney Louisa Pensanti for an arraignment on multiple charges as the alleged "Grim Sleeper" killer, on Monday Aug. 23, 2010, in Los Angeles Superior Court. (AP Pool/Nick Ut,Pool)

‘Grim Sleeper’ says he didn’t authorize police to seize items before arrest

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The alleged “Grim Sleeper” testified today that he did not consent to the collection or testing of DNA evidence seized by an undercover detective posing as a bus boy at a […]


Oct. 4, 2011: Amanda Knox speaks at a news conference shortly after her arrival from Italy at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Knox in email: ‘I didn’t kill Meredith’

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Amanda Knox declared her innocence in her roommate’s 2007 murder in a highly unusual email Tuesday to the Italian court hearing the case against her. The former U.S. exchange student also […]


A Mnemiopsis leidyi, a species of comb jelly known as a sea walnut. (AP Photo/Brown University, Stefan Siebert)

Sponges squeezed off oldest branch of animal tree

NEW YORK (AP) — Sponges are getting squeezed out of a distinctive role in evolution. A new study says they don’t represent the oldest branch of the animal family tree after all. The DNA research […]




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