November 11, 2022
DNA has opened a world of opportunity for scientists. It is used to identify remains, reveal relationships, predict disease, and prove innocence, or guilt. It does degrade over time leading researchers to study proteins.
In addition to their work metabolizing food, carrying messages and storing energy, they also leave a path of information about diet, illness, drugs, and even cause of death in only a fingerprint.
The study of DNA requires a portion of the specimen to be destroyed, leading to a “readable” signal in the test tube. This is not usually a problem on a large sample, but how...