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Grenfell Tower fire forensics — Expert Reaction

Tessa Evans posted in on June 19th, 2017.

The latest reports from last week’s devastating fire in the Grenfell Tower apartment block in London suggest there are 58 people still unaccounted for who are presumed dead.  Forensic scientists are beginning their investigation, but the intensity of the fire makes it difficult to identify the remains. The UK SMC collected expert reaction on the […]

UPDATED: World’s first ‘three-parent’ baby – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 28th, 2016.

News broke overnight that a baby born in April was the result of a new technique using DNA from three people. The Jordanian parents contacted researchers at New York’s New Hope Fertility Center after discovering the mother had a rare mitochondrial disease – Leigh syndrome – which she had passed on to two children, both […]

DNA reveals diversity among first New Zealanders

John Kerr posted in on October 23rd, 2012.

University of Otago researchers have sequenced the mitochondrial DNA from several human samples extracted from the Wairau Bar burial site in the Northern South Island, shedding light on the ancestry of the first New Zealanders. The results from the sequencing of four human samples from the site, published in Proceeding of the National Academy of […]

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