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2009-07-06 15:06:03

As the popularity of take-home DNA kits to trace ancestry or calculate the risk for serious medical conditions grows, there is an increasingly critical need for federal oversight of "direct-to consumer" genetic testing, as well as of the use of DNA samples for research, according to researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and several other academic institutions.In the past year, scientists, sociologists and bioethicists, among others, have come to agree that the technology of...

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2009-07-06 14:07:43

A study published Monday showed that by the age of 5, most triplets are on par with their peers in mental and emotional development, but those born at the lowest weights may still lag behind, Reuters reported. Among 126 singletons, twins and triplets that were followed from birth to age 5, triplets generally trailed behind their peers in cognitive development over the first two years of life, according to a study from an Israeli research team. But the research, published in the journal...

2009-06-30 09:09:22

Avoidance of inbreeding is evident amongst humans, and has been demonstrated in some shorebirds, mice and sand lizards. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology now report that it also occurs in a strictly monogamous species of bird, suggesting that the black-legged kittiwake possesses the ability to choose partners with a very different genetic profile.The study, led by Richard H. Wagner from the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology of the Austrian Academy of...

2009-05-14 07:36:00

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- IRBO, Inc., parent company of GenealogyFreelancers.com, announced today that their groundbreaking service that connects experts in the field of ancestry to those seeking their family history has begun the final stage to their successful pilot program initiated in May of 2008. The announcement follows the company's year-long quest for qualified international ancestry specialists and the launch of their pilot site in September 2008. The final phase...

2009-04-29 14:09:23

A new study finds feelings of experienced racial discrimination among African American youths can have negative implications for their feelings about their own race. In a study of African American teens between the ages of 14 and 18 who attended racially heterogeneous schools in the Midwest, researchers found age played a role in a teen's feelings about their race. Older teens who felt they had experienced more racial bias were more likely to feel more negatively about their race. These same...

2009-04-15 18:01:55

A genetic study suggests inbreeding led to the demise of Spain's powerful Hapsburg dynasty, Spanish scientists said. The Hapsburgs ruled a global empire from 1516 until the death of Spain's King Charles II in 1700. Gonzalo Alvarez of Spain's University of Santiago de Compostela said generations of intermarriage left the king unable to provide an heir, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. The study, published in the journal Public Library of Science, found that nine out of 11 Hapsburg...

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2009-04-15 10:13:22

The powerful Habsburg dynasty ruled Spain and its empire from 1516 to 1700 but when King Charles II died in 1700 without any children from his two marriages, the male line died out and the French Bourbon dynasty came to power in Spain. Reporting in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE, April 15, Gonzalo Alvarez and colleagues at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, provide genetic evidence to support the historical evidence that the high frequency of inbreeding (mating...

2009-04-07 05:00:00

Nephew of Alex Haley Meets Newfound Scottish Cousin for the First Time PROVO, Utah, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Ancestry.com, the world's largest online resource for family history, announced today that the late Alex Haley, author of Roots - the decisive masterpiece that inspired many Americans to take pride in their heritage - was the direct descendent of a Scottish ancestor. The discovery came through an Ancestry.com DNA test taken by Alex Haley's nephew Chris Haley in 2007, where his results...

2009-02-19 14:37:42

Authorities in New York state said an 80-year-old pilot's plane taxied out of control on his property and cut across a cornfield before hitting an apple tree. Genesee County sheriff's deputies said John Sackett Jr., 80, spun the propeller to start the two-seater 1945 Ercoupe plane on the small airstrip on his property and was revving the engine from outside the cockpit when the vehicle jumped a wooden block that was keeping its wheels in place and taxied out of control, The Buffalo (N.Y.)...

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2009-02-13 16:15:00

Research may help endangered species re-establishment programs Animals can re-establish their use of smell to detect siblings, even following an interruption such as prolonged hibernation, research at the University of Chicago on ground squirrels shows. Smell is an important animal survival tool. Female ground squirrel sisters, for instance, bond in groups for protection and use smell to recognize each other. Animals also need to recognize siblings to avoid inbreeding, which would have a...


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