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This year
Baby with DNA from three people born in the UK
The scientific technique is designed to prevent children being born with devastating mitochondrial diseases.
Last year
DNA testing of elephant ivory reveals tactics of criminal networks
The analysis was used to identify tusks of elephants that were close relatives – parents and offspring, full siblings and half-siblings.
All time
Government investment in DNA-collecting company Genuity Science loses value
The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund had invested €66m in the private genetics company acquired in a deal announced yesterday.
Investigation into IRA murder of Tom Oliver uncovers new DNA evidence
The farmer was shot dead in July 1991.
Dog poo DNA testing to be launched in Leitrim to find owners who don't clean up
Dog owners will be asked to cooperate in allowing a sample of saliva to be taken from their dog.
DNA will determine garda investigation in case of missing bones found in Cork
Families of missing people have been informed of the find.
'I go through pain every day': Family of Willie Maughan determined to get justice
Maughan and his girlfriend Ana Varslavane disappeared five years ago.
Garda probe into missing DNA samples finds 489 outstanding cases
Drew Harris said there is a “small risk” that some of these individuals have engaged in other crimes.
Selling Our Genes: Government inaction allowing private sector to take control of our DNA
Hospitals and universities across Ireland are collaborating with Genuity Science due to, experts say, lack of a public project or strategy.
Selling Our Genes: UCD agreement with for-profit DNA collection company 'restrictive'
Expert familiar with such agreements cited issues with data access, exclusivity and intellectual property.
Selling Our Genes: Government needs to keep ‘our national identity’ in public ownership
Ireland still has a chance to take control of genomics research – if it follows this advice.
The number of profiles on Ireland's DNA database doubled in 2019
The database is regarded as one of the State’s most important tools for fighting crime.
Geraghty: Meath have 'lost a bit' of their footballing identity
The Meath legend has been impressed with Galway’s switch to attacking football.
Northern Ireland police breached man's human rights by keeping his DNA
The case could have implications for the DNA databse in the Republic of Ireland.
Blood found on carpet in home of couple accused of female genital mutilation of daughter, court hears
A DNA expert told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court the blood matched that of the injured girl.
It should be possible to collect Tuam survivor DNA samples before legislation, report says
Dr Geoffrey Shannon’s Report on the Collection of Tuam Survivors’ DNA has been published today.
Retired garda searches for family of unidentified victim in 1968 Wexford plane crash
There were 33 male passengers whose bodies were never recovered and Gerry Kealy is working through the families to rule them out.
Why can't the remains of 5 unidentified men buried in Ireland be exhumed for DNA testing?
There have been renewed calls for a centralised database and repository as currently the State does not know how many unidentified remains there are.
Ireland's DNA database to be shared with other European countries to help fight cross-border crime
Ireland’s DNA database holds 16,361 DNA profiles of suspected offenders and convicted offenders.
Adrienne Corless: 'It looks like the consultation facilitators dug deep to find resistance to full excavation'
There was only ever one thing to do: excavate the site and DNA test the remains without delay, writes Adrienne Corless.
Man accused of murdering Gareth Hutch had earplugs seized for DNA evidence, court hears
Gareth Hutch was shot dead in Dublin on the morning of 24 May 2016.
Experts say Tuam remains should be able to be identified using advanced DNA technology
A team of scientists have contradicted an expert technical group over the remains
Man found guilty of sexually assaulting and falsely imprisoning women
When one of the women ran away he caught her and began punching her repeatedly.
First Irish populations had dark skin similar to Cheddar Man, DNA research suggests
This week, UK scientists confirmed that the first modern Briton had dark skin and blue eyes.
UK allows doctors to make babies using DNA from three people
The technique is being used to help prevent women passing on fatal genetic diseases to their children.
'People forgot this baby was stabbed': Why did it take so long to test Baby John's DNA?
Gardaí have said they are determined to find out what happened to the baby boy.
There is more than one apology due over the abysmal Kerry Babies saga
But one is all we’re likely to get.
Kerry Babies: An unsolved murder 34 years after Ireland put 'womanhood on trial'
As we wait on a significant announcement from gardaí, we look back at the Kerry Babies case which rocked the country to its core – and became, perhaps, a catalyst for change.
Ancient DNA evidence reveals story of first Native Americans to enter the continent
A team of researchers made the discovery using DNA from a six-month-old Native American infant.
Report sets out five options of what could happen at Tuam
The report said it would be particularly difficult to identify “commingled remains” and the remains of children under two.
New technology solves mystery of unidentified body found 10 years ago using siblings' DNA
Joseph Reilly’s family have been searching for him for over 10 years to no avail.
Crisis-hit FA have been shown up by Mark Sampson debacle
Tommy Martin writes on the beleaguered organisation that became embroiled in further controversy this week.
DNA of surrealist Salvador Dali's exhumed body disproves claim he fathered Spanish woman
Dali’s embalmed body had been exhumed in July to allow for a DNA paternity test.
9/11 victim's remains identified nearly 16 years later
Remains of 40% of the people who died in the attacks have yet to be identified.
Poll: Do you agree with gene editing?
The controversial process could help eradicate certain diseases.
Scientists fix disease genes in human embryos for the first time
Just over 72% of the embryos ended up being free of a heart disease-causing mutation.
Salvador Dali's body to be exhumed for paternity test next week
A woman who claims to be his daughter has filed a paternity claim.
People from this Greek beach village have a gene that helps them live longer, despite diet
The isolate population in Mylopotamos live on a diet rich in animal fat.
New DNA database helped gardaí solve two murders and hundreds of burglaries
The database has been in operation for 15 months.
DNA tests confirm remains of missing South African hunter 'found in crocodiles'
Scott Van Zyl went missing during a hunting expedition last week.