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Identify a person by analyzing his or her hair, says a new Research in US

The researchers looked at hair samples that were "up to 250 years old” along with samples from 76 living humans

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A researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories holds a sample of ancient hair. Source-VOA
  • A new research may help identify a person by analyzing their hair
  • According to researchers, Hair contains unique protein markers which help with the identification
  • Chemist Brad Hart, Director of the Forensic Science Center and co-author of the paper said this would be game-changing in the field of forensic science

September 12, 2016: Your hair could be just as unique as your DNA, according to new research.

Writing in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory say unique protein markers in hair could be used to make forensic and archeological identification easier.

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Moreover, the proteins are more durable over time, while DNA can deteriorate.

To reach their conclusions, the researchers looked at hair samples that were “up to 250 years old” along with samples from 76 living humans. The researchers say they’ve found 185 protein markers to date, which they think would be enough to identify an individual from a population of one million.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Pixabay
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Pixabay

The researchers say they hope to find “around a hundred” core markers that could be used to “distinguish an individual among the entire world’s population using a single hair.”

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“We are in a very similar place with protein-based identification to where DNA profiling was during the early days of its development,” said LLNL chemist Brad Hart, the director of the lab’s Forensic Science Center and co-author of a paper discussing the work. “This method will be a game-changer for forensics, and while we’ve made a lot of progress toward proving it, there are steps to go before this new technique will be able to reach its full potential.” (VOA)

  • Manthra koliyer

    This is surely a great progress in the field of science!

  • Yokeshwari Manivel

    hahahhaa ! a one more invention to the medical science .shows the growing development of different economy

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Bitfury to Set up a Blockchain Innovation Centre in Hyderabad

The Bitfury Group, the largest full-service blockchain technology company in the world, plans to establish a Blockchain research and innovation centre in Hyderabad

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Blockchain District on Saturday forged new partnerships with Bitfury and Indian School of Business (ISB). Pixabay

The Bitfury Group, the largest full-service blockchain technology company in the world, will establish a Blockchain research and innovation centre in Hyderabad.

Bitfury, a billion-dollar tech giant on Saturday entered into a partnership with Telangana’s Blockchain District in this regard.

It will also offer courses, necessary incubation and mentoring support to all associated members.

Blockchain District on Saturday forged new partnerships with Bitfury and Indian School of Business (ISB).

ISB will be offering co-working space, access to investor network, business expertise and many more benefits to Blockchain District startups.

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Bitfury will also offer courses, necessary incubation and mentoring support to all associated members. Pixabay

Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Infornation Technology, Electronics and Communications Department, Government of Telangana launched Blockchain District logo and website on the occasion.

Ranjan said that after several rounds of consultations with industry and academia, the government conceptualized Blockchain District, which aims to be among the world’s top 10 leading Blockchain technology ecosystem by proactively driving key initiatives for developing talent pool, infrastructure, research and innovation and community building.

“Blockchain District provides a platform which enables the stakeholders to collaborate, co-create and build solutions in blockchain technology, which today is at a nascent stage, but has enormous potential in the coming years,” said Ranjan.

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The Bitfury Group, the largest full-service blockchain technology company in the world, will establish a Blockchain research and innovation centre in Hyderabad. Pixabay

“Telangana being the hub of innovation and technology would always strive to be the first mover in tech-domains,” he added.

Government of Telangana, IIITH, C-DAC and Tech Mahindra are the founding members of Blockchain District.

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MLR Institute of Technology was also onboarded to extend support in research and development and incubation. (IANS)