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Dear Governor Beebe: Please Bring Belynda Home for the Holidays

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 11.25.2014 | Crime
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

To the police, Belynda wasn't a victim. She wasn't a stunned and grieving widow with three children. She was a suspect. No, she was worse. In their eyes, she was the perpetrator.

Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents? (Part II)

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 11.17.2014 | Science
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

DNA testing can sometimes provide truly miraculous results for adoptees wishing to pursue information about their birthparents.

Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents? (Part 1)

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 11.07.2014 | Science
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

An adopted person can -- sometimes -- be fortunate enough to find the identity of their biological mother and father through one of the major commercial DNA tests available today. And they can potentially learn quite a lot from it.

Learning To Use Genomics Safely, To Improve Children's Health

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Alan E. Guttmacher

The National Institutes of Health has funded four pilot projects to explore the use of genome sequencing in health care of newborns. Over the next several years, these pilot projects will yield useful information that will help us assess the potential for genome sequencing, its value in health care, and its ethical dimensions.

Throwback Thursday: How a DNA Test Broke an Immigration Officer's Heart

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

Covered in torture scars, Alonzo fled to the United States, leaving five children behind. After winning political asylum, Alonzo filed visa petitions for his children to join him. The children's fates thus landed in my very inexperienced hands.

Pet Bobcat Gets To Stay In Jersey Despite Escaping Last Time

AP | Posted 05.17.2014 | Weird News

STAFFORD, N.J. (AP) — Rocky's mother was 98 percent bobcat. But because a DNA test couldn't determine the 38-pound feline's father's lineage, a jud...

How I Opened A Pandora's Box With A DNA-Testing Kit

Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.17.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Just because you can do something doesn't mean you necessarily should, right? I'm in one of those on-the-fence places right now because I've just gotten the results back from a DNA-testing kit that I used for my two children adopted from China.

Google-Backed Genetics Company Slammed With $5 Million Lawsuit

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology

Genetic testing company 23andMe has been slammed with a $5 million lawsuit less than a week after the Federal Drug Administration ordered the company ...

The Marvelous Helix: From DNA to Astrophysical Jets

Mario Livio | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

The Vela pulsar is not the only astronomical object exhibiting a helical jet. Evidence for such jets has been observed in other pulsars and in active galactic nuclei. The latter represent supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies.

Radley Balko

U.S. Counties Killing The Most People Are Good At Getting Death Penalty, Not So Good At Justice

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

Just 2 percent of counties in America are responsible for more than half the nation's executions, and those same counties have been responsible for a ...

Will Genetic Testing Soon Be A Delivery Room Standard?

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents

Researchers will spend $25 million in federal funds over the next five years assessing the effectiveness and ethical implications of making genetic te...

Children of the Condemned

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

Mounting evidence, including DNA tests the State had fought for more than a decade, strongly supports his claim of innocence. Yet Skinner came within 45 minutes of execution in 2010 and almost died three times this year due to an often-fatal illness.

Texas Inmate Defies Death As Evidence of Innocence Mounts

David Protess | Posted 11.10.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Hank Skinner is in the final round of a fight against two heavyweights. One is the Texas lawmen who want him executed. The other is an often-fatal ailment that saps his strength and leaves him in constant pain. The odds makers give him little chance. Death, after all, is undefeated.

DNA Evidence Not Very Helpful In THIS Rape Case

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 08.23.2013 | Science

DNA evidence normally points to one suspect in a crime -- but what happens when two people share that same DNA? That's the case with identical twin...

Henrietta Lacks' Family Finally Gets Say On Use Of Matriarch's DNA Info

AP | By MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 10.07.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- Some 60 years ago, a doctor in Baltimore removed cancer cells from a poor black patient named Henrietta Lacks without her knowledge or con...

Woman's 'Immortal' Cells To Be Regulated Under New Plan

LiveScience | Wynne Parry | Posted 08.08.2013 | Science

For decades, the immortal line of cells known as HeLa cells has been a crucial tool for researchers. But the cells' use has also been the source of a...

Black Like Moi

Joe Hutcheson | Posted 09.29.2013 | Comedy
Joe Hutcheson

With my mother at a solid 5-percent black, that makes me at least 2.5-percent black. It may not sound like much, but if I were milk, I certainly wouldn't qualify as skim. I'm closer to low-fat. And as a gay man, I like the sound of that. Being black just feels so right.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Scandals-Without-Headines I: Constitution-Gate!

HuffPost Radio | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgShow trials and screw-ups do not make for true "scandals." But what about GOP efforts to in effect deny the original intent of Article II when it comes to Obama's constitutional power to name judges? Spitzer & Matalin debate this as well as the NSA and Rice-Power appointments.

3 Things You Must Do Before Getting DNA Tested

Posted 06.14.2013 | OWN

By Cheryl Platzman Weinstock In capable hands, DNA testing can be a powerful tool to help prevent or treat illness. Take these steps to make ...

How Genetic Testing Can Lead To Devastating Mistakes

Posted 05.23.2013 | OWN

DNA research has led to cutting-edge breakthroughs in how we detect cancer risk. But when doctors can't keep up with the science, the results can ...

Search For Serial Killer's Victims Solves Missing Orphan Case

Posted 05.15.2013 | Crime

It took more than 40 years, but New Jersey police are finally able to partially explain what happened to a teenaged orphan who disappeared on a campin...

Murder in Mississippi

David Protess | Posted 07.06.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

If the authorities in Mississippi have their way tomorrow, Willie Manning will be strapped to a gurney and injected with chemicals that will paralyze his lungs and stop his heart. It would be nice to know if he were guilty.

Forensic Confirmation Bias: When the Evidence Doesn't Speak for Itself

Jeff Kukucka | Posted 06.29.2013 | Science
Jeff Kukucka

Latent fingerprint analysis is one of the more well-established domains of forensic science, yet these human examiners are vulnerable to the same confirmation biases that plague us all. It logically follows that other, less 'scientific' domains of forensic science that involve visual comparisons could be similarly hampered.

DNA Testing and Dentistry

Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S. | Posted 06.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S.

Increasingly, DNA testing is being used on living people for health reasons, to perhaps give an insight as to what your body may hold for you in the future. And dental DNA testing is leading the way.

Does the Prosecution Win If Justice Loses?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.14.2013 | Crime
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The question often arises as to the role of the prosecution when substantial errors have occurred which challenge the very fairness of the convictions and suggest that a defendant may be innocent.