Going crazy about DNA

Genetic instructions that makes us unique or from another approach, cruelly just a clone from similar patterns. I have compiled the most interesting news and articles about DNA for this year. Let's start to discover!

5 Things You Didn't Know about DNA :

1- The human genome was almost commercialized
2- DNA testing is used to authenticate foods like caviar
3- Full genome DNA testing can be had for as little as $1,000
4- The first-ever DNA evidence cleared a murder suspect almost 20 years ago
5- DNA says Genghis Khan was a prolific lover

First DNA Molecule Made Almost Entirely Of Artificial Parts

A team in Japan has created the world's first DNA strand made from artificial bases. The discovery could be used in the fields of gene therapy and other futuristic high-tech advances, such as nano-sized computers

Genetic structure of the cacao tree
The chocolate company Mars has announced that it is to decode the genetic structure of the cacao tree.

Oldest human DNA recovered: Dating to 14,300 years ago
DNA from dried human excrement recovered from Oregon's Paisley Caves is the oldest found yet in the New World -- dating to 14,300 years ago, some 1,200 years before Clovis culture -- and provides apparent genetic ties to Siberia or Asia, according to an international team of 13 scientists.

DNA leads police to salami-loving thief
German authorities were able to pin a burglary committed in April on a suspected serial thief after he left a half-eaten slice of salami carrying a sliver of his DNA at a crime scene

Experts Fear New DNA Tests May Become Fuel for Racists

Nonscientists are already beginning to stitch together highly speculative conclusions about the historically charged subject of race and intelligence from the new biological data.

I hope you enjoyed my quick the most interesting DNA news compilation.

And a perfect documentary DVD about the secrets of DNA as a bonus to the topic.

Ghost in Your Genes

Identical twins share the same genes and are often startlingly alike. Why, then, should they often meet such different fates one twin developing a serious disease like cancer while the other remains unscathed? In a compelling scientific detective story, The Ghost in Your Genes explores the provocative idea that there may be more to inheritance than genes alone. New clues reveal that a second epigenetic chemical code sits on top of our regular DNA and controls how our genes are expressed, turning them on or off with dramatic consequences for our health.

This revolutionary finding has vital implications not only for treating disease but for how we take care of ourselves. While we inherit the epigenome much as we do DNA, it appears to respond far more to our environment and lifestyles. So our stress levels and what we eat, drink, and breathe may leave an enduring imprint, not just on our own bodies but on the generations to come. In a tour-de-force of scientific sleuthing, NOVA reveals the discoveries that have overturned the old story of inheritance and have profound relevance for how we choose to lead our lives.

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