Genetics http://www.kunc.org en Pentagon Reorganizing How It Brings Home America's War Dead http://www.kunc.org/post/pentagon-reorganizing-how-it-brings-home-americas-war-dead Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced an overhaul Monday of the agencies responsible for finding, identifying, and returning the remains of servicemen lost in past wars.<p>The Pentagon spends more than $100 million a year on the effort, but last year only identified 60 of the more than 80,000 missing.<p>Hagel's undersecretary, Michael Lumpkin, says there will now be one agency to bring home lost servicemen and better communication with the families of the fallen. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 55081 at http://www.kunc.org Pentagon Reorganizing How It Brings Home America's War Dead Could Detectives Use Microbes To Solve Murders? http://www.kunc.org/post/could-detectives-use-microbes-solve-murders In the woods outside Huntsville, Texas, scientists are trying to determine whether they can use the microbes that live on the human body as microscopic witnesses that could help catch criminals.<p>It's a strange scene at the <a href="http://www.shsu.edu/%7Estafs/">Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility</a>. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:37:00 +0000 Rob Stein 49954 at http://www.kunc.org Could Detectives Use Microbes To Solve Murders? After Disasters, DNA Science Is Helpful, But Often Too Pricey http://www.kunc.org/post/after-disasters-dna-science-helpful-often-too-pricey Human DNA is the ultimate fingerprint. A single hair can contain enough information to determine someone's identity — a feature that's been invaluable for identifying the unnamed casualties of natural disasters and war. But forensic scientists who use DNA say the technology isn't always available where it's most needed, like in poor countries, or in war zones like Syria.<p>The technology is often too expensive or too complicated, and where there are large numbers of unknown dead, you need far more than just DNA profiling equipment. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:04:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 49581 at http://www.kunc.org After Disasters, DNA Science Is Helpful, But Often Too Pricey What's Up With That, Doc? Researchers Make Bunnies Glow http://www.kunc.org/post/whats-doc-researchers-make-bunnies-glow Like cats and other animals before them, a couple of rabbits are now among the animals that have been genetically manipulated so that they glow green under a black light.<p>Using a technique developed by University of Hawaii medical researchers, scientists in Turkey added a fluorescent protein from jellyfish DNA to a mother rabbit's embryo. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 48388 at http://www.kunc.org What's Up With That, Doc? Researchers Make Bunnies Glow Decades After Henrietta Lacks' Death, Family Gets A Say On Her Cells http://www.kunc.org/post/decades-after-henrietta-lacks-death-family-gets-say-her-cells The family of the late Henrietta Lacks finally got the chance to weigh in on how scientists use cells taken from her — without consent — more than 60 years ago.<p>The National Institutes of Health and the Lacks family have agreed to give scientists access to the genetic sequence of the cells, with some restrictions to safeguard her relatives' privacy. NIH Director Dr. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:57:00 +0000 48056 at http://www.kunc.org Decades After Henrietta Lacks' Death, Family Gets A Say On Her Cells