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# Investigation
Eamon Collins was killed in 1999 - now there's a DNA breakthrough
Eamon Collins was beaten and stabbed in 1999 while out walking his dogs.
# Missing
Identifying victims of Argentina's 'Dirty War'
This month marks 30 years since the end of the bloody dictatorship – but thousands are still missing.
# Christopher Gaffney
Search concludes after remains of drug dealer found in Meath
The remains of Christopher Gaffney were discovered in a field at Clonee over the weekend.
# Children
Pavee Point calls for full independent review into Roma child cases
The group is calling on the Government to set up a full independent review of how state authorities acted, after two children were removed, then returned to their families.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday
Everyone’s talking about a Roma child’s DNA test results, transport fare hikes and Prince George’s christening.
# Racism
Tallaght Roma girl's family victims of racist attacks
The windows at the front of the family’s home have had to be fortified because of people in the area throwing bricks at the house.
# Children
Shatter: Gardaí responded in good faith to child concerns
Two children who were removed from their Roma families have since been reunited with them.
# DNA Database
Shatter: DNA database strikes balance between tackling crime and respecting human rights
The bill, once passed, is likely to see a new DNA database in operation by next year. Criminals who receive a sentence of 5 years or more will have their DNA logged.
# Human Remains
Post-mortem on skeletal remains to take place today
The body has been removed and taken to the state morgue.
# Horsemeat
ABP takes legal action against Polish food supplier over horsemeat scandal
The meat processing company says the Polish food supplier was in breach of contract.
# DNA Database
Serious criminals will have DNA logged on international database
The Minister for Justice published the Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Bill 2013 today that will force criminals to give DNA samples.
# Your Say
Poll: Is a DNA database a good idea?
Proposals to set up a new database are being published today – but is it a good idea?
# Breeding
Zoos rethink role as matchmaker for endangered species
Genetic databases, ultrasounds and frozen sperm – expensive, complicated… and it doesn’t always work.
# Pork
SuperValu to become first retailer to trace its bacon by DNA
The retailer came up with the idea after recognising potential weaknesses in paper based traceability systems following the pigmeat dioxin crisis.
# boston strangler
DNA could link self-confessed Boston Strangler to rape and murder
Albert DeSalvo’s remains will now be exhumed, after DNA from Mary Sullivan’s murder scene produced a “familial match” with him.
# unidentified
Edinburgh police in Irish appeal after Claddagh ring found on murder victim’s body
One month after the remains were discovered, the victim still hasn’t been identified.
# astonishing
Artist can create your portrait from a single hair off your head
DNA sequencing meets 3D printing meets artistry. Wow.
# Mitochondria
UK government clears plans to allow 'babies with three parents'
The Department of Health has signed off on an IVF technique which will see defective genetic material replaced by others.
# coelacanth
Scientists decode DNA of 'living fossil' fish believed extinct for 70 million years
This all changed, however, when a South African fishing trawler caught a living specimen in 1938, earning it the “living fossil” nickname.
# Horsemeat
Bute found in Asda's corned beef product
The supermarket said testing revealed “very low levels” of the drug.
# Food Safety
Video: How does the food safety inspection process work in Ireland?
There are around 50,000 food points of sale in the country with just 300 inspectors to ensure that they meet food safety standards.
# Horsemeat
Horsemeat scandal: Dept refuses to release over 200 pages of emails with FSAI
The Department of Agriculture refused to release over a hundred pages of emails between it and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland following a Freedom of Information request.
# Discovery
"Remarkable discovery" as Greater Horseshoe bat found in Ireland
A single male Greater Horseshoe bat was found roosting in Co Wexford, Bat Conservation Ireland said today.
# Horse Meat
Birds Eye says products containing horse DNA came from Ireland
The company says it has carried out an investigation into all its beef products after some had to be withdrawn in February after horse DNA tests proved positive.
# Horsemeat
Traces of horsemeat DNA found in Polish beef
DNA was found in three samples out of 121 tested, the country’s deputy national veterinarian said.
# Horsemeat
Horsemeat: Focus on Naas company over imported Polish meat
Minister Simon Coveney said that his department intends to introduce DNA testing from now on as a part of routine food testing in Ireland.
# Horsemeat
Irish processed meat product manufacturers asked to carry out DNA testing
The Minister also announced that the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and the UK’s Food Standards Agency will work closely together on the horsemeat issue.
# Horsemeat
Up to 60% horse DNA found in Tesco spaghetti bolognese
The supermarket retailer has apologised for letting its customers down, saying that a DNA testing programme is now underway.
# Horse Meat
Don't eat Findus frozen beef lasagne, advises FSAI
Meanwhile, meat broker Martin McAdam said he was still “reeling” from the news that traces of horse were found in products he traded.
# Burger
McAdam Foods "shocked" to discover equine content was in its meat products
The company also said it supplied 60 tonnes of beef to Silvercrest foods, contrary to reports that it had supplied 170 tonnes.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you confident in Irish food production?
The horse meat controversy rumbles on but has it impacted on your confidence in Irish food production?
# horse burgers
As horse meat scandal widens, Supermac's says its burgers are 100% Irish
Supermacs has officially commented on the issue, after it emerged that Rangeland Foods supplies it with beef.
# Cancer Research
New Tumour Profiling Unit hopes to better target cancer treatments
The Institute of Cancer Research in London is hoping to use a tumour’s DNA to better track cancer treatment.
# Horse Meat
Dept: Food investigations 'dealt with on case-by-case basis'
The FSAI and Department of Agriculture deal with such investigations on a case-by-case basis, it was confirmed today.
# horse inside
"Oh Hell No!" Irish horse burgers: How the world reacted
What did the world think of our horse burger dilemma? We flipped and were furious, apparently.
# Ned Kelly
Notorious Aussie outlaw Ned Kelly to be buried beside mother
The infamous bushranger, who was hanged at Old Melbourne Gaol in 1880 , will be laid to rest beside his mother Ellen in a private burial on Sunday.
# Horsemeat
Horse meat inquiry: contamination was likely 'accidental'
The FSAI has said there is no evidence of widespread ill practice, where horsemeat is being substituted for beef.
# France
Court orders DNA tests in cold case of murdered little boy
Four-year-old Gregory Villemin was found tied up and drowned in a river in France in 1984 in one of the nation’s most notorious post-war murder mysteries.
New DNA techniques could help prevent genetic diseases
Mitochondrial replacement techniques – which involve two parents and donor DNA – are the focus of a public consultation in the UK.