DNA Tests prove that the body found under a parking lot belongs to King Richard III; but was he truly a “hunchback?”

Long viewed as a hunchbacked villain, King Richard III may be in for a rewritten history. DNA tests prove that the skeleton found beneath an English car park just a few months ago belongs to the oft-vilified king. But did he really suffer from kyphosis (“hunchback” syndrome)? Technically, no. Kyphosis is a “curving of the…

New DNA Test Predicts Eye Color

A team of Dutch scientists have developed an eye color test that can determine a suspect’s eye color from a DNA sample left behind at a crime scene, a news article reports. This new test will help investigators identify potential suspects in cases where a DNA profile from crime scene evidence does not have a…

Lipstick and DNA

A blog article recently posted by Promega highlights how forensic DNA testing was used in a UK case involving two British women—a wife and her husband’s mistress. The story itself is worthy of a soap opera, with a twist at the end of the story. The wife filed police reports blaming the mistress for various vicious…