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Wednesday, 22 February 2006
One of those things

I feel some pity for those scientists who invested in a new technology to predict the surname of a person based on their DNA:

The method exploits genetic likenesses between men who share the same surname, and may help prioritise inquiries.

Details of the research from the University of Leicester, UK, appear in the latest edition of Current Biology.

The technique is based on work comparing the Y chromosomes of men with the same surname. The Y chromosome is a package of genetic material found normally only in males.

It is passed down from father to son, just like a surname.

On the day of this announcement, other researchers announce that they have identified social trends which will render this obsolete.

Posted by bigblue on 22/02/2006 at 08:08 PM
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