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# cold cases
Meet the woman who solves US murders decades after they have taken place
Dr Erin Kimmerle is considered to be one of America’s best forensic anthropologists.
# Tragic
Canadian woman found guilty of hiding six babies she gave birth to in storage locker
Authorities are unable to determine the causes of the deaths.
# bill medley
Police solve 40-year-old murder case of ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer
A controversial DNA technique known as familial DNA was used to identify the killer.
# Dublin
DNA screening of taxi drivers in rape case 'welcome as long as a balanced approach is taken'
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has welcomed the garda initiative which aims to solve the 2015 case.
# Fertility
The first three-parent baby in the UK could be born next year
The technique would allow mothers who carry disease-causing mutations in their genes to give birth to children free of the illness.
'I am here to build the future' - Mourinho says United job is about more than just results
The former Chelsea manager has defended his indifferent start to life at Old Trafford.
# delving deep
DNA is helping Irish people find their ancestors from centuries ago
We spoke to one Irish man who’s made genealogy his passion.
# Paris
A piece of Kim Kardashian's stolen jewellery has been recovered
The diamond-studded cross necklace was reportedly dropped by the men who robbed the reality star in Paris on 3 October during their getaway.
Why have Ireland failed to build on their Italy and France performances?
Tommy Martin wonders if we should be turning to PHDs rather than pundits to analyse Ireland’s struggles.
# personalised treatments
Breast cancer: Genetic find a major breakthrough
Around 10% of Irish women will develop the condition during their lifetimes.
# Tiger's tale
Chinese medicines are packed with endangered animal DNA
“Dried geckos are used as an aphrodisiac; monkey skeletons are used to treat general pain”.
# Profiling
Man who raped woman in 1984 jailed thanks to new DNA technology
The woman was raped in her own bed while her child was in the house.
# The Magnificent Seven
Aged 61, actor discovers he was adopted: 'I went from being an only child to the eldest of seven'
Alan Stanford says, ‘Knowing you haven’t been forgotten is so important’
# Burglaries
New DNA database will 'close the net' on serial offenders
It’s hoped the system will help find missing people and deal with an increase in burglaries.
# spit deterrent
Dutch train security workers given kits to collect passengers' DNA
A number of spit attacks have been carried out against rail drivers and conductors recently.
# In Your DNA
Humans are now taller and smarter than ever before
All because we widened the gene pool.
This woman thought she had found her birth mother's family, but it wasn't what it seemed
“I was so happy those days, I was thinking ‘This is definitely right, this is my family’.”
# French Alps
Germanwings co-pilot was treated for suicidal tendencies
Andreas Lubitz is understood to have had treatment “several years ago”.
# New York
9/11 victim identified nearly 14 years on from attack
Matthew David Yarnell was aged 26 when he died.
# was it fizzy orange?
Burglar caught from DNA on a fizzy drink can he left at kitchen sink
Traces of his DNA were found on the rim of the can.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you welcome three-person baby IVF in Ireland?
The UK has given its approval.
British politicians vote to allow three-person babies
Opponents of the IVF technique fear this will be the first step on the road to ‘designer’ children.
# Computers
New national DNA database to become operational this year
IT improvements for the gardaí are on the way said Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
# Family court
Christmas is not an excuse for delays: State told to find teenage girl in care a place to live
The solicitor for the Child and Family Agency wanted the case adjourned until January.
# murky secrets
Would you buy a house with a criminal past?
Serious crime can often have less of an impact on a house’s price than you might think.
US scientist who sold his Nobel Prize to donate some of his millions to Irish university
It has also been revealed that the man who bought the medal did so to give it back.
# Northern Ireland
Woman cleared of robbing and murdering a pensioner
Jennifer Toland has been cleared of charges relating to the murder and robbery of Bertie Acheson.
# Mark Burke
Human remains found at Dublin recycling centre identified as missing man
Mark Burke from Dun Laoghaire was identified using DNA.
# Desperate measures
Burglar busted after having sex with teddy bear and leaving DNA behind
Apologies in advance for this unfortunate mental image.
# Investigation
Body found in Meath bog identified as Gerard Daly, missing since 2011
The shell of a burnt out car was also found at the scene.
# Not again
Lamb kebabs found to contain no... lamb
It’s alright though lads, there was no horsemeat.
# Who's the daddy
After naming, will the government make paternity testing mandatory?
The question comes in light of new laws that make naming the father mandatory.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland bring in a DNA database for criminals?
The DNA of the most serious criminals will be kept on a database under a new law. But is it a good idea? Or a step too far for civil liberties?
# food for thought
Leaving Cert students asked question on horsemeat scandal
They were also asked about the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, a question which may have thrown students as it is not a compulsory disorder on the syllabus.
# Oireachtas agenda
Homelessness and taking DNA samples from suspected criminals
Everything happening in Leinster House today.
Aspirin halves your colon cancer risk ... if you have a certain gene
Scientists are hoping to develop a test that would make it easy to identify who is and is not likely to get positive effects from taking aspirin.
Dún Laoghaire-based firm providing the Genetic Performance edge
Joesph Dalton explains how his company’s DNA tests can help clubs and athletes at all levels to train smarter.
# megan huntsman
US woman admits to killing six of her newborn babies and hiding them in her garage
Police say they believe that Megan Huntsman killed the children between 1996 and 2006.
# Every Little Helps
Here's how your DNA could help breast cancer research
Researchers will take swabs from willing volunteers on Tuesday to help in a study looking at cell mutations.
# Cold Case
DNA breakthrough in 1984 baby boy death mystery
The body of the baby boy was found in a green plastic bag on the banks of the River Lagan in Antrim.