Is Being a Serial Killer Hereditary?

We inherit a lot from our parents — our hair color, our height, even some of our personality traits. But what if your parents personality traits are less than desirable? What if your parent or someone else in your family is a serial killer — is that something that you can inherit?   The answer…

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Crimes Solved by DNA: The Golden State Killer

For decades, the “Golden State Killer” was on the loose. A man that had killed 12 people and raped 45 women across California from 1976 to 1986 couldn’t be found. Investigators had a genetic fingerprint for the suspect, but they had no clue who it belonged to. Until April of 2018.   Investigators were able…

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Animal Cloning & DNA?!

If you could clone an animal, would you? WIth all of the advancements being made in technology, it’s only a matter of time until we will all be able to clone our furry friends. But what is the process of animal cloning?   First, let’s start with how animals reproduce. All animals, just like people,…

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What are 3 Main Functions of DNA?

We hear a lot about DNA. DNA is our genetic makeup and it’s completely responsible for who we are. It holds the code to how we look, our personality traits, and so much more. But what are the main functions of DNA? In today’s blog, we will talk about the top 3.   The first…

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Top 3 Legal Situations That Require a Paternity Test

  Child Support & Custody If a couple is together and they share a child, the question of where the child will go if that couple splits up comes into play. Will the child go with the mother or the father? What about visitation rights? Child support? If the couple is legally married before the…

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Crimes Solved By DNA: Suzanne Bombardier

This crime was actually just recently solved; it just goes to show you the power of DNA.   Almost four decades ago, a 14-year-old girl named Suzanne Bombardier was abducted and killed while she was babysitting. For almost four decades, the identity of her killer remained a mystery. The teen was babysitting in June 1980,…

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What Does “AABB Accredited” Stand For?

AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) is known throughout the world as the leading accrediting institution for relationship DNA testing.   So what exactly does this mean?   Whenever your DNA tests are sent to the laboratory, you can be assured that the laboratory will be handling your tests with top…

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Can Twins Have Different Biological Fathers?

Although not very common, fraternal twins can not only be conceived at two different times (i.e. a day or two apart), but they can also have different fathers. This happens when a woman who has ovulated with multiple eggs has sexual intercourse with one man and conceives and then has sex with another man and…

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5 Surprising Facts About Forensic Science

  Teeth are typically the most reliable identifiers when it comes to identifying a corpse. Teeth are bones, and bones last a long time so that’s why teeth are typically used to identify bodies — they are correct around 93% of the time. Did you know that hair roots can help identify gender? Hair found…

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