Continued excellence in DNA repair and genome

Continued excellence in DNA repair and genome

image: Collaborative Research Center 1361: Regulation of DNA Repair and Genome Stability view more  Credit: © CRC 1361 German Research Foundation renews Collaborative Research Center 1361 at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz The German Research Foundation (DFG) announced the prolongation of the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1361: “Regulation of DNA Repair and Genome Stability” for an additional four years. The consortium was established in 2019 at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in collaboration with the Institute of Molecular Biology Mainz (IMB), the Technical University of Darmstadt, Goethe University Frankfurt, and Ludwig Maximilian University Munich. It comprises 18 research projects, three technology platforms, … Read more

New website may help Wayne County rape victims whose DNA kits sat for decades

New website may help Wayne County rape victims whose DNA kits sat for decades

“You still matter. Your case still matters.” That’s what Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy wants survivors of sex assault whose rape kits sat untested for decades to know. All 11,000 of the backlogged rape kits, discovered by an assistant prosecutor from Worthy’s office in a Detroit police warehouse in 2009, have now been tested, thanks to Worthy and her team, who raised the money to test each kit and investigate the crimes they represent. They’ve closed more than 4,800 of these cases, identifying 841 serial offenders and winning 239 convictions, largely without the benefit of public dollars. But there’s more … Read more

Wife of ‘Duck Sauce Killer’ Dorothy Hirsch did not touch guns: court filing

Wife of ‘Duck Sauce Killer’ Dorothy Hirsch did not touch guns: court filing

The gun possession case against Dorothy Hirsch, the estranged wife of “Duck Sauce Killer” Glenn Hirsch, should be thrown out because of new DNA evidence, her lawyer argued in a just filed letter. “The DNA results demonstrate that nothing links Dorothy to the firearms Glenn Hirsch stored among the possessions he put inside of black garbage bags and boxes which he then stuffed in a hallway closet,” lawyer Mark Bederow wrote in a letter to prosecutor Thomas Salmon, which was filed Saturday in Queens Criminal Court. A grand jury in September indicted Hirsch, 63, on weapons possession charges after police … Read more

4000-year-old hair from the Middle Nile highlights unusual ancient DNA degradation pattern and a potential source of early eastern Africa pastoralists

4000-year-old hair from the Middle Nile highlights unusual ancient DNA degradation pattern and a potential source of early eastern Africa pastoralists

Archaeological context of Kadruka 1 SK68 Archaeological fieldwork in the Kadruka district of northern Sudan has revealed widespread past occupation of the alluvial plain and paleochannel systems to the east of the current Nile River channel9. In accordance with broader archaeological sequences for this region of the Middle Nile Valley10,11,12, cultural deposits were primarily linked to the Neolithic (spanning the 7th millennium BP), as well as the more recent Kerma period (3450–4450 BP). Excavation programs in the Kadruka district focused on several cemeteries from these cultural periods, including Kadruka 1 and Kadruka 21. Reflecting local environmental fluctuations between dry and … Read more

Franco Morbidelli rejoices with changes at the helm of the M1: ‘We changed our DNA this year’

Franco Morbidelli rejoices with changes at the helm of the M1: ‘We changed our DNA this year’

The season was not at all easy for Franco Morbidelli, who still saw ‘something different’ happen in the last races of the year, at least that is how he assumes that he has – finally – found the path to better riding on the Yamaha M1, something that only happened after drastic changes to his way of being in command of the bike. The Monster Energy Yamaha rider took on the difficulties… and the team’s support, as quoted on Crash.net: ‘It was a very difficult season, but the team and Yamaha always stood by me. The season was difficult, but … Read more

What we learned from the DNA test hinted at an unhappy life

What we learned from the DNA test hinted at an unhappy life

Dear Readers: Often, readers reply to dilemmas posed in my column in ways that are helpful, useful and inspiring. Today’s column is devoted to some of these replies. As always, I’m grateful for readers who share their own stories. Dear Amy: Responding to questions about DNA disclosures, my wife found out that her father was not her biological parent when she had her DNA analyzed by a family historical research company. It came as quite a shock. Both her mother and father have been dead for some time. My wife has been more hurt from finding out this way, as … Read more

Ask Amy: Readers share stories, advice about what might happen after a DNA search

Ask Amy: Readers share stories, advice about what might happen after a DNA search

Dear Readers: Often, readers reply to dilemmas posed in my column in ways that are helpful, useful, and inspiring. Today’s column is devoted to some of these replies. As always, I’m grateful for readers who share their own stories. Dear Amy: “Tell or Not Tell” wondered about disclosing the sexual abuse she had survived as a child to the man she was dating. I had been divorced for five years when I went on a first date with a man I had just met. On our way to the restaurant, we were stuck in traffic behind a car with a … Read more

Ask Amy: From disclosing sexual abuse to DNA secrets, readers offer their own advice

Ask Amy: From disclosing sexual abuse to DNA secrets, readers offer their own advice

Dear Readers: Often, readers reply to dilemmas posed in my column in ways that are helpful, useful, and inspiring. Today’s column is devoted to some of these replies. As always, I’m grateful for readers who share their own stories. Dear Amy: “Tell or Not Tell” wondered about disclosing the sexual abuse she had survived as a child to the man she was dating. I had been divorced for five years when I went on a first date with a man I had just met. On our way to the restaurant, we were stuck in traffic behind a car with a … Read more

RCMP analyst confirms three sets of DNA found on Metchosin murder scene evidence

RCMP analyst confirms three sets of DNA found on Metchosin murder scene evidence

An expert testified in a Metchosin murder trial Friday about the genetic material left on evidence at the victim’s home. James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage are charged with the first-degree murder of Martin Payne after they escaped William Head prison. Armitage is no longer part of the trial as the judge said he will be dealt with in a separate way. Christine Crossman, an RCMP forensic biologist and expert in DNA analysis, prepared four DNA reports based on evidence from the homicide investigation. Besides Payne’s DNA, the known source, Crossman and analysts from an RCMP forensics lab found two … Read more

Shared DNA underlines massive USA-Netherlands World Cup faceoff

Shared DNA underlines massive USA-Netherlands World Cup faceoff

That won’t change the widespread expectation that his side will sweep past the US. World Cup golden boot chaser Cody Gakpo is on a scoring tear, with Memphis Depay a menacing creative force alongside him. Technical masters like Frenkie de Jong and Davy Klaasen dictate in midfield and imperious Liverpoool center back Virgil van Dijk, not so long ago the world’s most expensive defender, anchors a solid back line. That’s just a sampling of the individual quality. “It’s tough; they have talent … really top-end talent,” said Berhalter, who began a 15-year stint in Europe with six seasons in the … Read more