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2009-09-11 06:45:00

It was 25 years ago today that British scientist Alec Jeffreys discovered that people have so-called "DNA fingerprints" -- exclusive patterns of genetic material that can uniquely identify them. As with many great discoveries, Jeffreys' realization was an accident. Nevertheless, the discovery has since solved thousands of crimes, split and reunited families and ignited an intense debate about personal privacy rights. But on the silver anniversary of his discovery, Jeffreys, 59, worries that...

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2009-06-30 15:10:00

A new study suggests that a hadrosaur's jaw wasn't hinged in the same way as modern people and animals, answering a question that researchers have long wondered about how these ancient animals handled food. The researchers reported in Tuesday's edition of Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences that the study focused on scratch marks on hadrosaur teeth. "For millions of years, until their extinction at the end of the Cretaceous, duckbilled dinosaurs "” or hadrosaurs "”...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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