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Biotech firms fear US court's DNA ruling

The court ruled that Myriad Genetics, which sells expensive tests for the genetic markers for cancer, could not claim patents on the DNA it identified in the 1990s to develop the tests.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 4:07am

Female DNA found on fragment from bomb used at Boston Marathon

Investigators have found female DNA on a fragment from one of the two bombs used in the attack on the Boston Marathon two weeks ago, according to a US official briefed on the probe. The genetic material may have come from a number of sources and its discovery does not necessarily mean that additional people were involved beyond the two brothers suspected in the bombing, said the official.

1 May 2013 - 3:08am

Scientists say reviving extinct species is possible, but question its ethics

Woolly mammoths stomp through the Siberian tundra as the giant moa strides the forest floor of New Zealand and Tasmania's dog-like "tigers" stalk their prey under the cover of night.

28 Apr 2013 - 4:58am

Short Science, April 21, 2013

One of the world's most popular aquarium fishes has joined the rat, the mouse, fruit fly and nematode worm in the roll call of creatures whose DNA has been sequenced to help fight disease among humans.

21 Apr 2013 - 4:39am

DNA points to poultry markets as H7N9 transmission route

A Hong Kong professor who was among the first to crack the DNA code of the H7N9 virus suspects poultry farms are the direct transmission route of the current outbreak and it has little to do with wild birds.

9 Apr 2013 - 12:31pm

Study finds diabetes DNA in 80pc of Chinese

Hong Kong and Shanghai researchers have identified a genetic marker for diabetes in the Chinese population. The discovery is expected to lead to improvements in the treatment and prevention of the disease.

27 Mar 2013 - 4:51am

Bodies of last Hong Kong balloon victims identified through DNA

The Government Laboratory received the body samples after 10pm on Saturday and announced confirmation of the victims' identities in Cairo at 5pm Hong Kong time yesterday - just hours after relatives paid a tearful pilgrimage to Luxor.

4 Mar 2013 - 8:35am

Tianyuan Man scientists unlock secrets of ancient DNA

The remains of Tianyuan Man consisted of more than 30 fragments, including lower jaw and leg bones, but no skull - not enough to tell how closely the ancient human related to present-day Chinese. Some palaeoanthropologists were not even sure the bones belonged to a male.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:38am

British scientists use man-made DNA speck to store 739kB of digital data

Scientists in Britain have announced a breakthrough in the quest to turn DNA into a revolutionary form of data storage that could fit the world's entire three billion terabytes of stored data into the palm of your hand.

25 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Asians, native Americans descended from same group, DNA analysis shows

Present-day Asians and native Americans are descended from a group of people who were already in China 40,000 years ago, according to an analysis of fossil DNA published this week.

24 Jan 2013 - 4:37am