DNA tests disprove yeti theory

The yeti has been part of Himalayan folklore for centuries. But now DNA testing has proven that this elusive creature is in fact a bear, or a dog. Cable television channel Animal Planet requested that biologist Charlotte Lindqvist test yeti evidence (including droppings, hair, teeth and bones) gathered from across the Himalayan mountain range. In […]

Could Amish DNA hold the key to longer life?

Research into new anti-ageing drugs could be furthered thank to a rare mutation found during DNA testing. The gene, known as SERPINE1, is thought to be present in up to 5% of the Amish population in Indiana. SERPINE1 is of interest because it makes a protein called plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), which may play a […]

DNA Testing Could Solve Paternity Riddle

DNA tests on clothing could solve a historic Eastern European mystery surrounding paternity. For years people have wondered whether Czechoslovakia’s first ever president Tomas Garrigue Masaryk was actually the illegitimate son of Emperor Franz Joseph, who ruled the Austro-Hungarian empire until his death in 1916. Masaryk’s mother Theresia Kropaczek was a cook at the Habsburg’s […]