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U.S. to collect DNA of all undocumented migrants

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The Department of Homeland Security is developing a plan to take DNA samples from each of the undocumented immigrants and store it in a national database for criminal DNA profiles

Migrant children from different Latin American wait to receive food at the Casa del Refugiado, or The House of Refugee, a new centre opened by the Annunciation House to help the large flow of migrants being released by the United States Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso, Texas on April 24, 2019. The 125,000 foot space will accomodate about 500 migrants, with plans to expand for up to 1,500. While this is larger then other centres in the El Paso area, Father Ruben Garcia the director of Annunciation house says that they will still rely on churches around the community for help housing migrants. According to the CBP, border patrol agents apprehended 92,607 people along the southwest border in March, up from 66,884 in February. US President Donald Trump, who has made immigration the core of his message to his conservative base, said on Twitter that "a very big Caravan of over 20,000 people" is making its way through Mexico toward the United States. Paul Ratje / AFP

New Mars rover named after DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Cambridge-educated Franklin 'helped us understand life on Earth and now her namesake will do the same on Mars,' says UK Science Minister Chris Skidmore

NEW MARS ROVER. A picture shows a working prototype of the newly named Rosalind Franklin ExoMars rover at the Airbus Defense and Space facility in Stevenage, north of London on February 7, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

The dawn of the age of the genetically fashionable

Dec 09, 2018 - 11:00 AM

What He Jiankui has done is the genetic version of the 'like' game on social media

Why we are not ready for genetically designed babies

Dec 08, 2018 - 1:00 PM

With the Genetic Genie out of the bottle, we have to ask whether we need any more time to reflect on the ethics

Asian babies. Image from Shutterstock

Chinese hospital denies approving gene-edited babies experiment

Nov 27, 2018 - 10:13 PM

Shenzhen Harmonicare Women and Children's Hospital say in a statement that it suspects the signature on a document approving the experiment, specifically its adherence to ethical standards, was falsified


China scientist claims world's first gene-edited babies

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:45 PM

Chinese university professor He Jiankui posts a video on YouTube saying his twin girls, born a few weeks ago, had had their DNA altered to prevent them from contracting HIV

Entering the age of human upgrades

Aug 12, 2018 - 11:00 AM

It turns out that in medicine, one key to new resurrections can be found in jumpstarting faulty, old lives

What’s the deal with DNA testing?

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:50 PM

We explain what DNA is and how testing can help you

Extreme stress in childhood is toxic to your DNA

Jul 07, 2018 - 10:00 AM

How does stress turn cells from Jekyll to Hyde?

LOST CHILDHOOD. A Rohingya refugee receives an oral cholera vaccine from a Bangladeshi volunteer at the Thankhali refugee camp in Ukhia district on October 10, 2017.  Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

MyHeritage data breach leaks over 92M account details

Jun 06, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The breach includes 'all the email addresses of users who signed up to MyHeritage up to October 26, 2017, and their hashed passwords,' affecting 92,283,889 users

Peruvian scientists use DNA to trace origins of Inca emperors

May 27, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The two legends explaining the origin of the Inca civilization 'could be related,' according to the scientists' study

Peruvian genetics specialist Ricardo Fujita works at his lab in the San Martin de Porres University in Lima on May 11, 2018.  Upon the many programs he foresees, Fujita and his team have been working since 2000 on ADN evidence attempting to determine the origins of the Inca Empire. / AFP PHOTO / Cris BOURONCLE

You can now customize your diet according to your DNA

May 04, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Pru Life UK offers a new service: DNA testing for a healthier lifestyle

Mouse study shows how alcohol may cause cancer

Jan 04, 2018 - 10:42 PM

It has long been suspected that alcohol consumption contributes to seven types of cancer – of the mouth, throat, larynx or voice box, oesophagus or food pipe, breast, liver and bowel

LIQUOR. A file photo of a liquor store in Glasgow. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

2017 top science stories: Space 'visitors', smartphone addiction, and your pet dog

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

What are the biggest stories, discoveries and ideas in science this 2017? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months.

No single 'out of Africa' migration for humans – study

Dec 08, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Multiple migrations out of Africa, beginning 120,000 years ago, gave rise to the modern population of people, says the findings in the US journal Science

NEANDERTHAL. Visitors look at 'El Neandertal Emplumado', a scientificly based impression of the face of a Neanderthal who lived some 50,000 years ago by Italian scientist Fabio Fogliazza during the inauguration of the exhibition 'Cambio de Imagen' (Change of Image) at the Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos on June 10, 2014. File photo by Cesar Manso/AFP

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Sep 12, 2017 - 9:04 PM

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PAO contradicts PNP, insists dead boy in Nueva Ecija is Reynaldo de Guzman

Sep 11, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Somebody is trying to muddle the investigation says Public Attorneys Office chief Persida Acosta

PARENTS. Eddie De Guzman waits at the funeral parlor in Gapan, Nueva Ecija so he and wife Lina could take home the body of the boy they say is their son. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Disease gene 'edited' in human embryos in scientific first

Aug 03, 2017 - 8:29 AM

The researchers successful use of the CRISPR gene editing tool in viable embryos was hailed as a technical feat by outside experts who called at the same time for deeper debate on the ethics of altering human DNA

Prehistoric human DNA is found in caves without bones

Apr 28, 2017 - 11:42 AM

This work represents an enormous scientific breakthrough says Antonio Rosas scientist at Spain s Natural Science Museum in Madrid

The Ivatan genealogy in my DNA

Mar 19, 2017 - 2:00 PM

A scientist traces his personal origins thanks to DNA

UK first country to legally offer '3-parent' gene therapy

Dec 15, 2016 - 7:52 PM

UPDATED Britain s fertility regulator gives the green light for the country to become the first in the world to legally offer 3 parent baby fertility treatments

Fight over revolutionary genetic advance goes to court in U.S.

Dec 07, 2016 - 10:52 AM

A fierce legal battle over the patent for the revolutionary gene editing technique CRISPR Cas9 plays out in a US court with billions of dollars at stake

UK experts give green light to '3-parent babies'

Dec 01, 2016 - 8:41 AM

An independent panel of experts tasked with reviewing the safety of mitochondrial gene therapy said the practice should be cautiously adopted to prevent certain genetic diseases from being passed on to future generations

Jake Ejercito on daughter Ellie, fatherhood, and Star Awards win

Oct 24, 2016 - 6:22 PM

Never ko naman siyang ikinahiya e Jake says of Ellie

Major study confirms moms' smoking changes fetal DNA

Apr 01, 2016 - 8:45 AM

It is well established that pregnant women should not smoke but these new results reveal that smoking during pregnancy leaves a lasting mark on the genome that persists into childhood

All memos in: SC to decide soon on Grace Poe case

Feb 23, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Rappler rounds up the main points in the memorandums filed by the parties involved in the disqualification case against presidential candidate Grace Poe

AFTER ORAL ARGUMENTS. All parties in the disqualification case against presidential candidate Grace Poe now await the Supreme Court decision. File photos by Rappler

Negative DNA tests with Guimaras 'relatives' – Grace Poe

Feb 12, 2016 - 2:51 PM

The presidential candidate maintains the negative tests will hardly affect the disqualification case against her as they are merely secondary to her legal arguments

NEGATIVE. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Who sent 'fabricated' DNA results of Bongbong Marcos?

Jan 25, 2016 - 9:54 PM

DNA Solutions Philippines the company cited in the letter claiming the DNA results of Senators Grace Poe and Bongbong Marcos matched says the document is fabricated

Grace Poe eyes one more DNA test

Nov 05, 2015 - 3:24 PM

Likening her life to a teleserye or a television drama Poe said she is not giving up amid all the hurdles

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Poe’s DNA tests, Roxas on laglag-bala, blood donations | 12PM wRap

Nov 05, 2015 - 12:24 PM

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Grace Poe reveals negative results of DNA tests

Nov 04, 2015 - 5:45 PM

The presidential aspirant – whose citizenship is being questioned – says 2 persons were tested to see if they match her genetically but does not reveal their identities

Grace Poe

Two surprising things about our DNA

Oct 16, 2015 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] Is DNA really all there is to our most basic biology?

Grace Poe, Rizalito David await SET decision on disqualification case

Oct 06, 2015 - 10:02 PM

Petitioner Rizalito David hopes the Senate Electoral Tribunal will decide on the case before the filing of Certificates of Candidacy for the 2016 polls next week

WAITING GAME BEGINS. Both camps of Senator Grace Poe and Rizalito David have already filed their memorandums before the Senate Electoral Tribunal. File photo

Polisi periksa dua saksi potensial kasus pembunuhan anak di Kalideres

Oct 05, 2015 - 8:45 PM

Sebab pada saat penyisiran dengan anjing pelacak kemarin anjing ini terus berputar putar di sekitar rumahnya

Mexico seeks new DNA tests in missing students case

Sep 26, 2015 - 10:13 AM

Independent forensic experts from Argentina are helping government investigators to find any remains that could be sent for for lab tests

NEW DNA TESTS. Relatives of missing students from Ayotzinapa teachers school participate in a protest in Mexico City, Mexico, September 25, 2015. Photo by Alex Cruz/EPA

Nestle teams up with Swiss pharma firm to develop Alzheimer's test

Sep 23, 2015 - 10:12 PM

The sample could potentially show traces of neurofibrillary tangles of which the chief component is a protein called Tau Tau tangles are one of the major indicators of Alzheimer s disease

ALZHEIMER'S. Brain disease dementia problems with loss of memory function for Alzheimer's as a medical health care icon of neurology and mental illness as a pencil erasing neuron cells from the human anatomy. Image courtesy Shutterstock http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-145282792/stock-photo-brain-disease-dementia-problems-with-loss-of-memory-function-for-alzheimers-as-a-medical-health.html

Netizens on Grace Poe DNA test: 'Absurd, doesn't prove anything'

Sep 22, 2015 - 11:05 AM

Netizens weigh in on Grace Poe s DNA test

CITIZENSHIP QUESTIONS. Senator Grace Poe arrives at the Supreme Court to attend for the preliminary hearing of the Senate Electoral Tribunal on her Citizenship Issue on Friday, September 11, 2015. (Contributed photo)

Poe’s citizenship, Ortega slay suspects, Americans on Pope | 6PM wRap

Sep 21, 2015 - 6:50 PM

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Grace Poe to undergo DNA test

Sep 21, 2015 - 2:58 PM

2nd UPDATE Justice Antonio Carpio says the results of the DNA test will conclusively decide if Poe the presidential surveys front runner is natural born Filipino and qualified for a national elective post

Grace Poe presidential bid | 2016 elections | Photo by Jazmin Dulay/Rappler

#PugadBaboy: Dinosaur World

Jul 10, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Kuwait makes DNA tests mandatory after ISIS bombing

Jul 02, 2015 - 12:02 AM

Parliament also approved a 400 million emergency funding for spending required by the interior ministry

EXPLOSION. Kuwaiti security forces stand next to a body wrapped in shrouds as they inspect the site of a suicide bombing that targeted the Shiite Al-Imam al-Sadeq mosque during Friday prayers on June 26, 2015. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayat/AFP

Behold the Power of Two

Jun 05, 2015 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] How much of our lives can destiny claim and how much of it could we be captains of?

Kentex willing to pay for DNA testing of dead workers

May 20, 2015 - 8:03 PM

At the House hearing on the Valenzuela fire factory it is revealed that the labor department issued Kentex a certificate of compliance despite violations of occupational health and safety standards

DNA TESTS. The Philippine National Police says the DNA matching will take two months to complete. File photo by Francis R. Malasig, EPA

Two months to finish Valenzuela DNA tests – PNP

May 18, 2015 - 1:13 PM

Philippine police will have to test and match the DNA of 69 workers who died in the factory fire and their relatives

DNA tests for Valenzuela fire victims to take 'several months'

May 14, 2015 - 7:18 PM

Of the 72 who died in the Kentex factory fire only 6 or 7 were wearing rings necklaces or other metal objects that could be used to identify them

DNA TESTS. The chief of operations of the national police crime laboratory says that of the 72 who died, only 3 have been identified through DNA matching. Photo by Francis R. Malasig, EPA

DNA reconstructed from semen in 100-year-old hanky

Mar 13, 2015 - 11:00 AM

The DNA of proto fascist warmonger Gabriele D Annunzio is reconstructed by analyzing semen he left on a handkerchief given to a lover 100 years ago

Gabriele D'Annunzio. Photo by Mario Nunes Vais / Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

PH thanks FBI for confirming Marwan's death

Feb 05, 2015 - 4:22 PM

UPDATED The Philippine embassy receives the FBI information through police attaché Chief Supt Jose Gentiles


DNA tests confirm Marwan's death

Feb 04, 2015 - 9:16 PM

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has evidence that supports the claim that it was top terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir who was killed on January 25 in Mamasapano Maguindanao according to a police report