| Aug 1, 2013
| 2:02 PM
We all smell things a little differently, and new research shows why: By examining the DNA of hundreds of individuals and testing their sense of smell, scientists found the genetic basis for why we smell certain scents.
Although smell is a huge part...
| Aug 11, 2013
For 22 years she rarely spoke of the chilling attack, even as it changed so much about her life.
The multisport athlete was 14 and on her way home from basketball practice on a fall evening when she was grabbed from behind, dragged from the road and...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 5:38 PM
More than half a century ago, doctors took Henrietta Lacks' tissue and used it for research without her permission, creating the first immortal line of cells and making possible billions of dollars in medical research. Now, 62 years later, the National...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 10:17 AM
More than a year after a 13-year-old girl was found brutally beaten and stabbed to death in a Sacramento park, authorities said they have arrested a man in connection to her death.
Sacramento County sheriff's detectives announced Thursday that DNA...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 4:10 PM
The mystery of "Mona Lisa's" real-life muse, which has spawned centuries of speculation, could be solved through DNA testing.
Researchers on Friday opened a family tomb in Florence, Italy, to help confirm the identity of Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo,...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 11:19 AM
The state of California has been a leader in the use of familial DNA searches -- investigations that seek out crime suspects by taking unidentified crime scene DNA, looking in a state DNA database for people who are partial matches to that sample, and...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 8:46 AM
As a 9-year-old girl, Esmeralda Pena hid behind a refrigerator at the family's small grocery store as a man shot and killed her father during a botched robbery attempt.
Twenty-three years later, the memories of her father's lifeless body still haunt...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 4:51 PM
"The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute, we would still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music." — Lewis Thomas
The pedigree of human beings, Thomas wrote, probably traces to a...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 11:55 AM
Being separated by an ocean and having never met didn't stop Yvonne Vohl from offering a lifeline to Karen Castelblanco.
Castelblanco, 42, of Huntington Beach, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 and received a bone-marrow transplant from Vohl, 41, of...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Organizers of the Archon Genomics X-Prize called off their $10-million competition Thursday, just two weeks before teams were set to begin work on 100 high-quality human genome sequences, in 30 days, at a cost of less than $10,000 per genome.
| Aug 30, 2013
Americans might soon need to get used to apple or grape juice as their breakfast drink of choice — unless, that is, they're willing to pay exorbitant prices for orange juice. Or maybe scientists, plant breeders and farmers will manage to save the...