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Forensic test can predict hair and eye colour from DNA


 24 August 2012 

Forensic test can predict hair and eye colour from DNA

By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website



The test can predict both hair and eye colour from
samples left at a crime scene 

Scientists have developed a forensic test that can predict both the hair and eye colour of a possible suspect using DNA left at a crime scene.

The team that developed the test says it could provide valuable leads in cases where perpetrators cannot be identified through DNA profiling.

The Hirisplex system could allow investigators to narrow down a large group of possible suspects.

Details appear in the journal Forensic Science International: Genetics.

Predicting phenotypes - outward traits such as hair colour or eye colour - from DNA information is an emerging field in forensics. (...)

Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19369028

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