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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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Tech Giant Google To Shut Down Social App “Neighbourly”

Google said that it plans to learn the lessons from Neighbourly and utilise it to improve their other products

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The search engine giant unveiled the app in May 2018 as a test in Mumbai to let users explore their neighborhood with help from local experts. Pixabay

Google has announced that it is shutting down its Q&A social app Neighbourly on May 12, as the project did not take off as expected.

The search engine giant unveiled the app in May 2018 as a test in Mumbai to let users explore their neighborhood with help from local experts.

Later in November, it expanded its base to a few more cities in the country including Delhi and Bengaluru.

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“We launched Neighbourly as a Beta app to connect you with your neighbours and make sharing local information more human and helpful,” said the company.

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Google has announced that it is shutting down its Q&A social app Neighbourly on May 12, as the project did not take off as expected. Pixabay

“As a community, you’ve come together to celebrate local festivals, shared crucial information during floods, and answered over a million questions. But the app hasn’t grown like we had hoped,” it added.

Google said that it plans to learn the lessons from Neighbourly and utilise it to improve their other products.

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“In these difficult times, we believe that we can help more people by focusing on other Google apps that are already serving millions of people everyday,” it said.

Meanwhile, users can download content and data from Neighbourly till October 12 this year. (IANS)