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# Your Say
Poll: Would you support the modification of embryos to prevent genetic diseases?
Do you agree with a procedure involving the genetic modification of an embryo in order to prevent serious genetic diseases? Have your say…
# dem bones dem bones
Bones found at English car park may belong to medieval king
Remember Richard III? From the Shakespeare play? Archaeologists think they’ve found his skeleton…
# Farming
Sample DNA testing of pigmeat begins
The testing is to expose misleading labelling of meat, the Irish Farmers’ Association has said.
DNA test to help identify superhorses
A genetic variant that influences gait in horses is potentially good news for breeders – but also for those researching a way to fix human spine injuries.
# Michaela McAreavey
Michaela murder: DNA evidence 'being taken from hotel employees'
Police opened a fresh investigation into McAreavey’s death in July, following a court case which found two men not guilty of her murder.
# her madge
Madonna hits Dublin: The 5 looniest stories about her backstage antics
DNA scrubbing, Irish weather, roses with stems the wrong length – it’s a minefield out there for the Queen of Pop.
# Genetics
Unborn babies could be tested for 3500 genetic conditions
Blood and saliva samples from parents could predict thousands of genetic conditions in unborn babies.
# Michaela
Forensic scientist in Michaela trial says defendants' DNA not found at scene
Day five of the trial for the murder of Michaela McAreavey got underway today…
# yeti hunt
Scientists launch DNA search... for Bigfoot
Researchers are calling for hair samples to test for evidence of the mythical creature’s existence.
# Cold Case
State should consider DNA register for remains of unidentified people
The Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality has made a number of recommendations in a report published yesterday.
Legendary Olympic gold medalist dies following leukaemia battle
Murray Rose, who won four medals at the Games, has passed away aged 73.
# Gangs
Gardaí identify bodies found in burnt-out car near Dundalk
Anthony Burnett, 31, and Joseph Redmond, 25, were identified after DNA tests were carried out on their remains.
# Massereene
Verdict due in trial over murder of Northern Ireland-based soldiers
Judgement in the six-week-long Massereene trial is due later today.
# Malaysia
Malaysia's opposition leader cleared in sodomy trial
Anwar Ibrahim has been fighting the charges since 2008, claiming they were a set-up by the current government which is afraid of the challenge his leadership poses.
# Black Death
Scientists crack genetic code of Black Death plague
Samples obtained by drilling skeletons’ teeth show that the disease has changed little over 600 years.
# Amanda Knox
Court rejects new DNA test request in Knox trial
The decision is good news for the American student as it means an independent review of DNA evidence — previously ordered by the appeals court and hugely favorable to Knox — will stand.
# Endangered Species
Iberian lynx 'not doomed' despite tiny population size
The Iberian lynx one of the world’s most endangered big cats, however new research shows the species has had very little genetic diversity for thousands of years.
# Bin Laden
How the CIA tried to find Osama bin Laden
A fake vaccination programme was organised in the town where the Al Qaeda leader was hiding but did it work?
# Science Gone Mad
Owners beware: Landlords turn to dog poop DNA tests
Who let the dog out? Owners who don’t scoop will now pay.
DNA taken from maid's uniform 'matches Strauss-Kahn'
AP cites two sources who say DNA samples taken from a chambermaid’s uniform match those taken from the former IMF head.
# Your Say
Poll: Is it right to have a national DNA database to tackle crime?
A newspaper reports that every prisoner convicted of a serious offence or arrested for a crime that carries a jail term of five years or more will be required to provide DNA for a national database. But should we have such a system?
Prisoners will be forced to give DNA samples for national crime database - report
A newspaper reports also says that anyone arrested for a crime carrying a jail term of five years or more could be forced to give a sample.
# Brainy
Scientists may have found the key to how the human brain develops
Researchers have isolated a single gene which may determine the size of the brain, and which may be crucial in understanding the development of our grey matter.
Coffee lover? Blame your genes
If you find yourself reaching for a cup of coffee or square of chocolate throughout the day to keep you going, it could be because of your genes.
# Child Birth
Dutch police arrest father of 12-year-old girl who gave birth
The father of a child who gave birth on a school trip last month has been arrested by police following DNA testing.
# Investigation
DNA evidence brings detectives "close" to solving 23-year-old murder
PSNI closing in on killer of young German backpacker Inga Maria Hauser who was buried in shallow grave in Antrim forest.
DNA could link bone fragments to missing pilot Amelia Earhart
Bone fragments could help solve one of the 20th century’s best-known mysteries: what happened to Amelia Earhart?