The “Connecticut Vampire”: Using genetics to identify the dead

In 1990, local children in Griswold, Connecticut, USA, accidentally uncovered the bones of a peculiar set of graves dating back to the 19th century. Amongst these remains, one skeleton – that bore the marker “JB55” – stood out. The skeleton was arranged in a skull and crossbones formation which signified that whoever had buried the deceased believed them to be a vampire.Read the rest

What does the recent blood test mean for CFS patients?

Chances are that you’ve heard of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). But for a long while it wasn’t seen as a condition in its own right. It is a debilitating disorder characterised by excessive tiredness and pain, with diagnosis based only on symptoms.… Read the rest