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Fetal DNA Tests May Improve Prenatal Screenings

Fetal DNA Tests May Improve Prenatal Screenings

AP (Feb. 26, 2014) New research found testing bits of fetal DNA in a pregnant woman's blood is more accurate than current methods of screening for Down Syndrome and other common disorders. The DNA tests may reduce false positives and unneeded invasive tests. (Feb. 26) Video provided by AP
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DNA Links Boston Strangling to Confessed Suspect

DNA Links Boston Strangling to Confessed Suspect

Newsy (July 11, 2013) New DNA evidence might help solve a decades-old rape and murder case thought to be the work of a serial killer dubbed 'The Boston Strangler.'
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Study Links Heading of Soccer Ball to Brain Damage

Study Links Heading of Soccer Ball to Brain Damage

Reuters (June 30, 2013) A new study links frequent heading of the ball in soccer to brain damage. Research published in the journal Radiology, says players who head the ball frequently are more likely to suffer brain damage and memory loss than players who focus more on their feet.
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DNA Tool Brings Life to the Long Dead

DNA Tool Brings Life to the Long Dead

Reuters (May 9, 2013) A new DNA-based research tool developed in Poland, could help forensic specialists identify dead bodies which have either decomposed or been mutilated beyond recognition. The HIrisPlex (pron: Hirisplex) system has already been used to reveal the hair and eye color from ancient human remains, but could be just as useful in modern criminal investigations as well.
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