DNA analysis reignites fierce debate over fate of 9,000-year-old skeleton. Genome sequencing indicates Kennewick Man is Native American, reopening the bitter battle over whether he should be reburied or studied.
Scientists document rare DNA transfer between animals and plants. Very few cases of natural DNA transfers between animals and plants are documented, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist, but recently his team did just that. The research team found a group of DNA sequences in pine trees, spruces and other conifers had been transferred to an ancestor of those trees from insects about 340 million years ago. Their work, "An Ancient Trans-Kingdom Horizontal Transfer of…
Ancient rice DNA data provides new view of domestication history. Now, using new data collected samples of ancient, carbonized rice, a team of Japanese and Chinese scientists have successfully determined DNA sequences to make the first comparisons between modern and ancient rice. To do so, they used new techniques to carefully cull chloroplast DNA from ancient rice 900-2,800-years-old, which had been excavated from seven archaeological sites in Japan and Korea. They have new findings…
Circumcision Ritual May Carry Herpes Risk, CDC Says
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcision practice in which the circumciser places his mouth on a newborn's newly circumcised penis and sucks blood away from the wound carries a risk of transmitting the herpes virus to the baby, sometimes fatally, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Origins of Religion: How Supernatural Beliefs Evolved
Due to the fact of supernatural films having constant unknown questions about life, religious aspects usually fit in perfectly to them. Some religions do in fact believe in certain elements of supernatural life, while paranormal topics are also studied by some.