Tag Archives: DNA

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tells Lindsey Graham to Visit African-American History Museum After DNA Preferences Joke


Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continued a spat with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham this week by telling him to visit the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to get educated about DNA preferences.

The Twitter dispute began on Sunday after reports emerged that American officials used tear gas in an attempt to stop hundreds of migrants in a caravan from Central America from crossing the border between the United States and Mexico near Tijuana.

“Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany. It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda. It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria. And it isn’t for those fleeing…

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DNA shows Baby June of African and central Asian ancestry


Death of Baby June now under investigation as a homicide. (WPEC)

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says it’s now investigating Baby June’s death as a homicide.

An off-duty Boynton Beach firefighter found the infant’s body floating in the Boynton Beach inlet six months ago. The baby had no bruises or marks on it, only a prick on her heel indicating she was born in a hospital.

Detectives say the body likely floating up the coast from Broward County based on the tide and condition of Baby June’s body, however the department says it could have traveled from even further South.

Monday, investigators said they used Parabon NanoLab services to obtain the infant’s DNA.

The results show Baby June is an even mix of African and Central Asian ancestry….

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DNA data from Africans reveals sequences that we’d missed


Enlarge / The first printout of the human genome to be presented as a series of books, displayed in the ‘Medicine Now’ room at the Wellcome Collection, London.

The human genome sequence, first published in 2001, has some important information missing. The latest version of it, called GRCh38, has a monstrous 3.1 gigabases of information—but that’s still not enough. A letter published in Nature Genetics this week finds that the reference genome is missing a colossal 10 percent of the genetic information found in the genomes of hundreds of people with African ancestry—information that also appears in other human populations.

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The “human genome” is in fact assembled from the genomes of just a handful of people, with the majority of GRCh38 coming from just…

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DNA Testing Likely for Remains Found in Houston-Area Site



… graves near Houston that are believed to be the bodies of imprisoned African-Americans who were part of Texas' notorious convict-leasing system.
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Man claims to be a minority business owner after DNA test shows he’s 4% African


An insurance agent claims he should qualify as a minority business owner, because a DNA test shows he’s 4 percent African — enough, he believes, to make him “a certified black man.”

Ralph Taylor knows on the outside he looks like an average white guy, but he is trying using the results from his AncestryByDNA test to bolster his business in Lynnwood, Washington.

“I’ve always known that I’m multiracial,” the 55-year-old declared to the Washington Post.

The 2010 test showed that he’s 90 percent European, 6 percent indigenous American and 4 percent sub-Saharan African.

“I’m a certified black man. I’m certified black in all 50 states,” he said. “But the federal government doesn’t recognize me.”

Taylor is now in the midst of a legal battle with Washington…

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DNA sleuths bolster case against three key African ivory cartels


DNA tests on smuggled elephant tusks have identified three major ivory cartels in Africa and are helping investigators bolster the criminal cases against some of the most dangerous traffickers, researchers said Wednesday.

Around 40,000 African elephants are killed every year for their tusks, which are illegally traded as part of a multibillion dollar industry that extends from Africa to Asia and beyond.

Traffickers conceal their ivory in shipping containers — but inspectors peer inside just 1 percent of the 1 billion containers sent around the world each year.

Where physical inspections fall short, genetic testing has come to the rescue, said the report in the journal Science Advances.

Lead author Samuel Wasser, a professor of biology at the University of Washington, said…

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