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Five Genes That Determine Facial Shapes Discovered
2012-09-14 10:01:50

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you have ever stared at yourself in the bathroom mirror wondering why your face looks the way it does, then this story is for you. Researchers have discovered five genes that determine human facial shapes, and understanding these genes could one day provide valuable data about a person´s appearance, relying on DNA alone; in fact it could prove very valuable for forensics. Previously, there has been no known information...

2012-08-26 08:08:46

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The next time you leave your DNA behind be forewarned that you are now not only leaving your biological fingerprint behind for prying eyes, but also leaving evidence of what color your hair and eyes are. Until the mid-1980s, DNA at a crime scene went largely unchecked due to lack of technology to search it out. And for the last two decades, in order for a crime scene detective to match DNA to a suspect, samples had to be taken from...

2010-11-22 19:27:07

Scientists have devised a method that would allow them to estimate the age of crime suspects or missing persons from blood collected at the scene of a crime In principle, the new profiling method could be put to immediate practical use by law enforcement, according to the researchers who report their findings in the November 23rd issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. They have already begun the required validation of the test, which is designed to assure that quality standards...

2009-03-10 08:53:45

More and more information is being gathered about how human genes influence medically relevant traits, such as the propensity to develop a certain disease. The ultimate goal is to predict whether or not a given trait will develop later in life from the genome sequence alone (i.e. from the sequence of the bases that make up the DNA strands that store genetic information in every cell of the body). Now, writing in the journal Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, a group of researchers...

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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