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Artist Stirs Privacy Debate

DNA extracted from cigarette butts and bubble gum found on the streets of Brooklyn is being used by artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg to create realistic portraits of anonymous New Yorkers. The artist says her project is designed to spark debate about the use – or potential misuse – of DNA profiling in society. Ben Gruber reports for Reuters.

Dem Bones Be Royal

DNA testing has confirmed. Skeletal remains found buried under a parking lot in Leicester are those of Richard III, who was killed fighting the army of Henry Tudor, his successor, at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. Richard, the last of the Plantagenet kings of England, is mostly remembered today through the villainous portrayal of his rule in titular work by William Shakespeare. But Shakespeare had it wrong when he wrote, “In thy foul throat thou liest,” when in fact, Richard III liest under a Volvo.

Dinosaurs Will Never Be Cloned

A New Zealand study has dampened hopes that we’ll ever see dinosaurs in flesh again. While it might be possible to create clones of some extinct species using DNA extracts, this won’t work for dinosaurs because their DNA already has fossilized or broken down into dust, the researchers say. If they are correct, looks like we can kiss goodbye to any fantasies of some day visiting a Jurassic Park and petting the pterodactyls. H/T SourceFed

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