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  • Old assumptions questioned in Arafat’s mysterious death

    November 22, 2013 | 11:50 am

    President Yasser Arafat's spartan bedroom remains largely as he left it in 2004, when he flew off to France for treatment for a mystery illness only to return home two weeks later in a coffin.

    More like a prison cell than the living quarters of an Arab leader, a single bed lies...

  • Israeli who murdered his parents used tips he found online

    July 1, 2013 | 10:12 am

    An Israeli who stabbed his mother and father to death was convicted of murder on Monday partly because he searched online for tips including "how to kill your parents and get away with it."

    Daniel Maoz, 29, wanted money from his inheritance in order to pay heavy gambling debts,...

  • DNA patent ruling could aid women

    June 19, 2013 | 12:16 pm

    When the Supreme Court decided on June 13 that unaltered human DNA cannot be patented, it was more than a victory for cancer patients and corporate rivals in the field of genetics; it was a reason to celebrate for Dr. Wayne Grody, a professor at UCLA School of Medicine who assisted...

  • Medical examiner keeps private how Boston bombing suspect died

    April 29, 2013 | 3:58 pm

    An autopsy on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev determined precisely how he died after a bloody shootout with police but the results can't be made public until the body is claimed, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Medical Examiner said on Monday.

    FBI agents also...

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  • Genetically engineered salmon: Coming soon to a bagel near you?

    April 11, 2013 | 10:52 am

    Do you want to be experimented on by eating sushi or bagels and lox made with a new type of salmon with eel genes in it — salmon which hasn’t been adequately tested for safety of human consumption?

    If not, then we in the Jewish community need to speak up now, for the sake of our...

  • Need for genetic testing raised by new initiative GeneTestNow

    By Rebecca Steinberger

    March 13, 2013 | 7:53 am

    Significant advances in science enable us to no longer question what’s in our genes. This is especially important for Jews, who are far more likely to be carriers of certain genetic diseases than the general population. 

    Education and awareness about genetic screening have been...

  • CON PROP 37: Should genetically engineered foods be labeled?

    By Norman Lavin, M.D, PhD., UCLA Medical School

    October 3, 2012 | 2:09 pm

    [Read the pro argument here]

    Integrating foreign DNA (gene splicing or recombinant DNA) to make a new product is overwhelmingly common throughout the world. Recombinant proteins and other substances are found in every pharmacy and hospital, and in doctors’ offices, supermarkets,...

  • PRO PROP 37: Should genetically engineered foods be labeled?

    October 3, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    [Read the con argument here]

    Did you know that you have been enrolled in the largest research study ever conducted in the United States, but you never signed a consent form or agreed to participate? That’s because since 1996, you — and basically everyone you know — have been...

  • Genetic study offers clues to history of North Africa’s Jews

    August 6, 2012 | 3:53 pm

    A new genetic analysis has reconstructed the history of North Africa’s Jews, showing that these populations date to biblical-era Israel and are not largely the descendants of natives who converted to Judaism, scientists reported on Monday.

    The study also shows that these Jews form...

  • Report: N.Y. mohel apparently tested postive for herpes

    April 9, 2012 | 8:17 am

    A New York mohel tied to the death from herpes of one newborn and to three others who contracted the disease, apparently tested positive for herpes, The Jewish Week reported.

    Yitzchok Fischer, who was ordered in 2007 to stop the circumcision ritual of metzitzah b’peh, in which the...

  • U.S. officials: DNA evidence proves Osama bin Laden is dead

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    May 2, 2011 | 11:41 am

    DNA evidence has proven with 99.9 percent confidence that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is dead, two officials in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration said Monday.

    The officials did not immediately say where or how the testing was done but the test explains why Obama was...

  • Hitler likely had Jewish, African roots

    August 24, 2010 | 10:05 am

    Adolf Hitler may have had both Jewish and African roots, DNA testing shows.

    Samples taken from some of the German Fuhrer’s relatives show that he was likely descended from some of the ‘sub-human’ races that he tried to destroy, according to research by Belgian journalist Jean-Paul...

  • Researcher tracing Jewish genes meets the Kohanim of Africa [VIDEO]

    August 20, 2008 | 10:45 pm


    Dr. David B. Goldstein from Duke's Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy talks about tracking the genetic history of the ancient Jewish priesthood (kohanim) and the Lost Tribe of Israel, the focus of his new book, "Jacob's Legacy".


    For many people, genetics research conjures...

  • Spectator - The ‘Truth’ That Lies Beneath

    By Melanie Herschorn

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For Josh Bernstein, host of The History Channel's "Digging for the Truth," myth-dispelling, artifact-hunting and body-straining adventure are part of his regular routine.

    "Digging," now in its second season, has taken Bernstein from Peru to Greenland to Zimbabwe and Egypt searching...

  • Jew Who?

    By Tom Tugend

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    There is a new twist to the contentious question of who is really a Jew. John C. Haedrich, who claims that his DNA proves his Ashkenazi descent, is challenging the State of Israel to recognize his Jewishness under the Law of Return.

    Authorities in Israel have so far not commented on...

  • The Mother of DNA

    By Julia Goldman

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In March 1953, Maurice Wilkins of King's College London announced the departure of his colleague Rosalind Franklin in a private letter to his friend, Francis Crick, a scientist at the rival Cavendish Laboratory.

    "Our dark lady is leaving us next week," Wilkins wrote.

    At the time,...

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