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New technique allows for somewhat accurate "mugshot" from DNA samples

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posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 10:31 AM
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Reston, Va.-based Parabon Nanolabs, with funding from the Department of Defense, has debuted a breakthrough type of analysis called DNA phenotyping which the company says can predict a person's physical appearance from the tiniest DNA samples, like a speck of blood or strand of hair.

The DNA phenotyping service, commercially known as "Snapshot," could put a face on millions of unsolved cases, including international ones, and generate investigative leads when the trail has gone cold.


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By examining various regions of DNA left behind, you can make somewhat accurate guesses at what the person might have looked like.

Much more accurate in some cases than I would have believed:



I can see a lot of uses for that. Maybe even some legitimate ones.

eta: I notice the company's in Reston. Priceless.
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posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 10:42 AM
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a reply to: Bedlam

Hm, not bad indeed.

S&F for the educational find!



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 11:08 AM
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From my research, it could be half way accurate, but it all depends on what foods a person consumes because they effect gene expression greatly.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 11:24 AM
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a reply to: Bedlam

just the fact that at one stroke - it can rule out entire demographics from the " suspect pool " is an application in itself

its just a pity that the " expert " they had on the vid clip was an idiot



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 01:15 PM
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originally posted by: Bedlam


Much more accurate in some cases than I would have believed:



I can see a lot of uses for that. Maybe even some legitimate ones.

eta: I notice the company's in Reston. Priceless.


T-800: "Sarah Connor Phenotype?"
"huh?"
BLAM

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posted on Jan, 16 2015 @ 02:23 AM
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With only one example to go on its hard to believe this would be useful.



posted on Jan, 16 2015 @ 09:24 AM
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a reply to: PhoenixOD

Behold!






posted on Jan, 16 2015 @ 11:43 AM
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a reply to: Bedlam

Eek that looks nothing like the predicted face. Eyebrows lips and nose are all to thick and the jaw line is to narrow.



posted on Jan, 16 2015 @ 12:12 PM
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a reply to: PhoenixOD

It's probably the worst of the examples they have out. But it's still better than most Identikit-perp matches.There's a definite likeness. It seems to make everyone "dog-faced" though, looking at the other examples I've seen.



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