| Nov 3, 2013
| 5:22 PM
The road to a clean biofuels future is not easily traveled.
Ceres Inc. in Thousand Oaks has some highly regarded science on its side as a producer of genetically modified seeds for crops used to make biofuels.
Under the motto "Growing tomorrow's...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The forensic anthropologist lifted a thighbone from the skeleton arrayed on her metal lab table and studied the fine cracks traversing its surface, gray and weathered as driftwood.
Associate professor Lori Baker, 44, set the bone down and cradled the...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Doubt — and a reportedly royal severed head — haunts a murky corner of forensic science these days, as researchers squabble over an unearthed packet of mummified remains thought to have belonged to King Henry IV of France.
The mystery has...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 6:43 PM
A veteran cold case detective ignored a key piece of evidence in an unsolved murder, delaying for several years the eventual discovery that Stephanie Lazarus, a Los Angeles police officer, was guilty of the killing, according to allegations in a lawsuit...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 10:50 AM
LONDON -- DNA tests have confirmed that a Bulgarian Roma couple are the parents of Maria, a blond, green-eyed 4-year-old girl taken by police in central Greece last week from the Roma settlement where she was living, Bulgarian authorities said Friday....
| Oct 25, 2013
| 9:23 AM
A Colorado grand jury voted to indict John and Patsy Ramsey on charges of child abuse resulting in the first-degree murder of their 6-year-old daughter, JonBenét, the beauty pageant princess whose death stunned the nation, according to documents...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 7:08 PM
The Los Angeles Zoo is trying to raise the population of female Komodo dragons, a giant and endangered lizard, by using a DNA test originally devised to identify the gender of bird eggs.
Swelling the female ranks would help close a gender gap in captive...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 5:14 PM
Move over birthday candles, and step aside telomeres; there may be a new kind of biological clock in town. And this one may prove useful in predicting where age-related diseases such as cancer are most likely to strike.
The proposed new body clock...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 2:06 PM
Scientists have discovered the last blood meal of a 46 million-year-old female mosquito, and isolated a little fragment of the protein in it, too.
The findings, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 4:45 PM
You might think from reading the medical news these days that our voracious appetite for food, drugs and sex is a bad thing. That neglects clear evidence that the powerful and reliable impulse to do things that make us feel good has been essential to...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 2:46 PM
She died without a name, so small her body barely filled a picnic cooler abandoned beside a highway. Officials called her Baby Hope, hoping it would be temporary, something to use until her real name came to light.
It took more than 22 years, but...