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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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Xiaomi Patents a New Large-Display Foldabe Smartphone Like Motorola Razr

The patent seems to have been submitted on August 20 and was approved and published last week

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Xiaomi is expected to release the foldable phone by the end of 2019. Wikimedia Commons

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has patented a new large-display smartphone which folds in half in the middle like Moto Razr, protecting the screen as a result.

China’s National Intellectual Property Administration website shows it’s granted Xiaomi’s new foldable design patent, which was filed in August.

Unlike the Moto Razr, Xiaomi’s new foldable smartphone patent shows a pop-up selfie camera, LetsGoDigital reported recently.

It is not Xiaomi’s first foldable design. Recently, the company patented a foldable smartphone with five pop-up camera setup.

According to the patent, this foldable phone has an outward-folding screen and depending on how a user holds it, the five cameras can either be rear cameras or front-facing cameras.

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has patented a new large-display smartphone which folds in half in the middle like Moto Razr, protecting the screen as a result. IANS

The sketches of the device suggest that it will have a really thin bezels and no display notch. The patent seems to have been submitted on August 20 and was approved and published last week.

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Xiaomi is expected to release the foldable phone by the end of 2019. (IANS)