| Apr 25, 2014
| 4:21 PM
Hezekiah Whitfield was found guilty on all charges in connection with the murder of a Waukegan store owner in 1994.
Jurors convicted Whitfield in the killing of 71-year-old Fred Reckling, a murder that was previously pinned on another man, James...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 3:13 PM
The fate of Hezekiah Whitfield, on trial for the murder of a Waukegan store owner in 1994, hinges largely on whether jurors believe DNA evidence and witness testimony put him at the scene of the crime.
The jury is now deliberating the case after four...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 11:37 AM
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court Thursday upheld the constitutionality of California’s practice of taking and storing DNA profiles from anyone arrested on suspicion of a felony.
An 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals...
| Mar 23, 2014
| 5:00 AM
"Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead and I will show you with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people."
When 19th century British statesman W. E. Gladstone supposedly staked this claim, the world knew nothing of DNA...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 7:55 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — Law enforcement in California may continue to collect DNA from people arrested for felonies — even if they are never formally charged — and store the genetic profiles in a criminal database, a federal appeals court...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 5:11 PM
With the help of Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students who spent years stringing bits of DNA together, scientists have built the world's first synthetic yeast chromosome, which eventually could help in the production of drugs, vaccines, biofuels...
| Mar 30, 2014
| 7:02 PM
SACRAMENTO — The high-stakes battle over labeling foods with genetically engineered ingredients is back.
Less than two years after California voters narrowly turned down a labeling ballot measure, the state Senate is grappling with the issue....
| Jan 31, 2014
| 2:50 PM
Super Bowl viewers might want to keep an eye on the helmets crashing together in Sunday’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. A new study says that the lids worn by opposing quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson, not to...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 12:17 PM
Last week, newspapers reported on the latest wrinkle in one of my favorite recurring stories: the interbreeding between modern humans and the beetle-browed brutes known as Neanderthals.
The “introgression” of Neanderthal DNA into the genomes...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 1:58 PM
Baltimore police arrested a 45-year-old Baltimore man they suspected in two sexual assaults over a period of 15 months in Northeastern Baltimore.
John Thomas Leach, of the 3400 block of Mary Ave. in the Glenham-Belhar neighborhood, was charged with...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 1:49 PM
For investors, a volatile stock market passed a worrisome milestone on Monday.
The market logged its longest losing streak in two months, and extended a sell-off that began last week.
After biotechnology and internet stocks pulled the market lower...