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Spaniards bet on slimmed-down 'Fat One' Christmas jackpot
Spaniards bet on slimmed-down 'Fat One' Christmas jackpot

Spaniards are digging into their pockets to gamble on their beloved "Fat One" Christmas lottery with the world's richest total payout, but winners will get slimmed-down prizes this year as a new austerity tax takes a bite.

Spaniards bet on slimmed-down 'Fat One' Christmas jackpot
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Japanese switched at birth would like to 'roll back clock'

A 60-year-old Japanese man switched at birth says he would like to "roll back the clock", days after winning a lawsuit against the hospital that mistakenly cast him into a life of poverty.

Japanese switched at birth would like to 'roll back clock'
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New study points finger at climate in mammoth's demise

A wide-ranging probe into woolly mammoths has added to evidence that the towering tusker was wiped out by climate change.

New study points finger at climate in mammoth's demise
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DNA flaw boosts cancer risk from diabetes: study

A DNA flaw may explain why people with Type 2 diabetes are more prone to blood cancers than the rest of the population.

DNA flaw boosts cancer risk from diabetes: study
Britain pushes ahead with 'three-parent' fertility technique
Britain pushes ahead with 'three-parent' fertility technique

The British government on Thursday said it would pursue a radical fertility technique that uses DNA from three parents to create an embryo.

Britain pushes ahead with 'three-parent' fertility technique
Human DNA not patentable: US Supreme Court
Human DNA not patentable: US Supreme Court

Naturally occurring human gene sequences cannot be patented but artificially created DNA can be.

Human DNA not patentable: US Supreme Court
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Gene clues for testicular cancer, heart defect

Separate studies of the human genome have found tantalising clues to the inherited causes of testicular cancer and non-inherited causes of congenital heart disease.

Gene clues for testicular cancer, heart defect
Scientist's DNA letter to son fetches $6 million
Scientist's DNA letter to son fetches $6 million

A letter the British scientist who co-discovered the structure of DNA wrote to his son announcing the news sold Wednesday for a record sum of just over $6 million.

Scientist's DNA letter to son fetches $6 million
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. ©REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Mandela's ex-wife 'shocked' over possible death probe

Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie was shocked to learn that South African prosecutors may probe her over the deaths of two anti-apartheid youths who went missing almost 25 years ago.

Mandela's ex-wife 'shocked' over possible death probe
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'Underground Galapagos' excites scientists

Diverse underground ecosystems buried deep beneath the Earth's crust may offer clues to the origins of life on Earth, several recent studies have revealed.

'Underground Galapagos' excites scientists
Paraguay ex-president to take paternity test
Paraguay ex-president to take paternity test

Paraguay's ex-president Fernando Lugo will have to undergo court-ordered DNA testing, after a judge ruled in favor of a woman who says he fathered her 11-year old son.

Paraguay ex-president to take paternity test
Brussels calls for DNA tests, EU police in horsemeat crisis
Brussels calls for DNA tests, EU police in horsemeat crisis

The EU's executive called in Europe's law enforcers and urged bloc-wide DNA food testing on Wednesday to restore consumer confidence in a widening scandal over horsemeat-tainted processed food.

Brussels calls for DNA tests, EU police in horsemeat crisis
DNA shows ancestry of present-day Asians, Native Americans
DNA shows ancestry of present-day Asians, Native Americans

Present-day Asians and Native Americans are descended from a group of people who were already in China 40,000 years ago, according to an analysis of fossil DNA published this week.

DNA shows ancestry of present-day Asians, Native Americans
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DNA test sheds light on mystery deaths

A new DNA test can restore at least part of the identity of long-dead people who left no trace of their image.

DNA test sheds light on mystery deaths
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Threatened shark species turning up in US restaurants: study

Threatened shark species are being used to make shark fin soup, a delicacy in Chinese cuisine, in several US cities, according to an unprecedented study based on DNA testing.

Threatened shark species turning up in US restaurants: study