Peterson’s (centre) search for her missing daughter Lindsey (left) helped locate Audy (Photo illustration by Natasha Cunningham)

How a grieving mother helped create a DNA database to identify Canada’s missing

After Judy Peterson’s daughter disappeared 27 years ago, she poured herself into a campaign to create the more integrated, country-wide DNA database. Here’s how it led to a Quebec mother finding her son.

Families betrayed by their own genes

Two books explore the DNA mutations that made two families highly susceptible to diseases like cancer and schizophrenia

Meet the ‘water bear,’ the world’s toughest animal

Everything about the tardigrade, or ‘water bear,’ sounds like a riddle

Ottawa moves to stop genetic discrimination

Peter MacKay is trying to confront a 21st century issue, but when it comes to laws protecting DNA information, Canada’s still a wild frontier

On the ethics and anguish of the CRISPR craze

Editorial: Genetic research may be speeding ahead in China, but the human genome still has a trick or two up its sleeve

Identifying Pearl Harbor’s unknown sailors

An anthropologist explains the significance of an effort to exhume the remains of those killed on the USS Oklahoma

Junk DNA: How much of our genetic material pulls its weight?

Science can’t decide if our genes have more or less value than the Baldwin brothers

Case closed: the skeleton really is Richard III

“The evidence is overwhelming that these are the remains,” says the lead scientist

The Xenotext: Creating the poetry bug

After 11 years and $120,000 in research, Christian Bök has put words to DNA

RCMP ties three ‘Highway of Tears’ cold cases to dead Oregon man

Bobby Jack Fowler incriminated by ‘the oldest DNA match in Interpol’s history’

Chasing the Chief connection

Proving his worth as Diefenbaker’s son

Finally, George Dryden has real evidence that he’s related to former PM

Detection in two seconds

Detection in two seconds

A new high-tech spittoon collects DNA from saliva, making medical research less invasive