Why Genetic Traits Matter in DNA Testing

Thanks to genetic reconstruction techniques using DNA testing methods, a statistically significant estimation of paternity can often be determined by testing an alleged father’s biological relatives.   These results are reliable enough to be used as proof for social security benefits, inheritance claims, immigration applications and more. Since the 1990s, paternity testing methods have shifted away…

60 Years of DNA Discovery

April 25, international DNA Day, marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark publications in Nature announcing the structure of the DNA helix by James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin, and their colleagues.  Since then, the innovations and discoveries made in the field of DNA and genetics have far exceeded everyone’s expectations. The timeline below…

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…