Air conditioners may help catch criminals, by snagging their DNA

Even if a criminal wears gloves, their cast-off DNA may still be present in a room’s air after they leave. A new study suggests that if such telltale material gets sucked up by an air conditioner, it could let forensic investigators know if a suspect h… Continue reading Air conditioners may help catch criminals, by snagging their DNA

Beethoven’s DNA reveals he just wasn’t that musical

Analysis of Beethoven’s DNA has revealed that he had a low genetic predisposition for beat synchronization, an ability that’s closely related to musicality. This is according to researchers who set out to show how making genetic predictions for individ… Continue reading Beethoven’s DNA reveals he just wasn’t that musical

Radiation-proof Chernobyl worms offer answers about cancer

Studying a species of microscopic worms exposed to almost forty years of high radiation following an explosion at a Ukrainian nuclear power plant, researchers couldn’t find signs of genetic damage caused by the exposure. They believe the findings will … Continue reading Radiation-proof Chernobyl worms offer answers about cancer

Bloodborne pathogens quickly ID’d by melting their DNA

A new technique, which involves melting bacterial DNA found in blood samples, could deliver diagnoses of potentially fatal infections faster than ever before. Results may be obtained in a few hours, instead of days.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, Sc… Continue reading Bloodborne pathogens quickly ID’d by melting their DNA

Hunter-gatherers were violently wiped off the map by farmers, DNA reveals

Contrary to what has long been believed, there was no peaceful transition of power from hunter-gather societies to farming communities in Europe, with new advanced DNA analysis revealing that the newcomers slaughtered the existing population, completel… Continue reading Hunter-gatherers were violently wiped off the map by farmers, DNA reveals

Virus-mimicking DNA particles deliver vaccine without immune side effects

MIT researchers have delivered a type of vaccine called a particulate vaccine to mice using a virus-mimicking scaffold made from particles of DNA instead of the usual protein particles. It not only generated a robust immune response but avoided the off… Continue reading Virus-mimicking DNA particles deliver vaccine without immune side effects

Smashing Security podcast #357: Interview with an iPhone thief, anti-AI, and have we gone too far?

The iPhone security setting that you should enable right now, the worrying way that AI is predicting what criminals look like, and we play a game of face fake or real…

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning … Continue reading Smashing Security podcast #357: Interview with an iPhone thief, anti-AI, and have we gone too far?

New lung cancer test: Inhale nanoparticles then pee on a stick

MIT scientists have developed an easier method for diagnosing lung cancer – breathe in some inhalable nanoparticle sensors, then pee on a stick.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Cancer, Lung cancer, MIT, Test, Diagnosis, Diagnostic device… Continue reading New lung cancer test: Inhale nanoparticles then pee on a stick

DNA-folding nanorobots can manufacture limitless copies of themselves

Researchers have demonstrated a programmable nano-scale robot, made from a few strands of DNA, that’s capable of grabbing other snippets of DNA, and positioning them together to manufacture new UV-welded nano-machines – including copies of itself.Conti… Continue reading DNA-folding nanorobots can manufacture limitless copies of themselves