2011 is a year to remember. The news of Osama bin Laden’s death, the shocking Casey Anthony verdict and even Justin Bieber finds a spot in the top DNA stories of 2011. Besides DNA used in the court room and as an important identification tool in confirming deaths, genetics also made many landmark achievements this year. Check out the top stories below and see how DNA changed the world in one year. Who knows what 2012 will bring!
Genetic Therapy Landmark made in British Lab: After a lot of trial and much error, a group of scientists have successfully cured six patients of hemophilia b, a blood-clotting disease that appeared to be treatable by gene therapy. Find out more about hemophilia and genetic therapy.
Justin Bieber Paternity Scandal: In November, young pop star, Justin Bieber was accused of fathering a 3-month old who belonged to Mariah Yeater (a Bieber fan). She claimed that Justin lost his virginity to her after his show when he was 16. After taking a DNA paternity test in New Jersey, Bieber was cleared of all accusations. Find out more about the scandal and Bieber’s accuser.
Surprising facts about Muammar Gaddafi found in DNA: The death of Gaddafi was a relief to the world, but after DNA testing was performed on the slain corpse of the ex-ruler of Libya, shocking DNA results proved that Gaddafi’s lifestyle was more vain and elaborate than people once thought. Find out what DNA testing revealed.
Osama bin Laden’s death confirmed through DNA: It was the news that made headlines around the world and brought justice to many families who lost innocent loved ones 10 years ago. Osama bin Laden, the master mind behind the attacks on America on September 11, 2001, was found and killed by a U.S special force team. DNA was confirmed through a siblingship test. Find out more details about Osama’s death.
Casey Anthony Trial; DNA was not enough: The world was shocked to hear “not guilty” during the verdict of the Casey Anthony trial in early July. A lack of Casey’s DNA on items found in the case and on Caylee Anthony’s body gave the jury reason to believe she was NOT guilty. What was Casey charged with in the end?
DNA’s role in Amanda Knox Case: A lack of DNA evidence set Amanda Knox free back in October when Italian courts reinvestigated the case between Knox and evidence found in the murder scene. After spending years in an Italian prison and developing a bad reputation among Europeans, Knox was set free. Find out more about the Knox case.
Sperm Banks Reject Gingers: One of the largest sperm banks in Denmark has an overflow of red head sperm donations, but not enough people requesting for the specific genetic look. It was a sad day for gingers when they actually found out that their genetic makeup was “unwanted.” Why are gingers not as popular?
Blood Test Finds Baby’s Gender at 7 Weeks: Gender tasting made a huge stride in the summer when gender blood tests were reviewed and found 98% accurate. The tests were able to find a gender as early as 7 weeks into pregnancy. Where can you find a gender test this accurate?
Arnold Schwarzenegger Admits to Paternity of Love Child: The story that broke America’s hearts and Arnold’s family. News stories in May revealed a secret illegitimate love child that Arnold Schwartzenegger fathered years ago when sleeping with a woman who worked among his household staff. DNA paternity tests revealed the shocking news was true. Find out more about Arnold’s secret son.