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Blood Work: The Citizen Sleuth Using Genealogy to ID the Dead

ON APRIL 24, 1981, THE BODY OF A YOUNG WOMAN with auburn braids and a fringed jacket was discovered off the side of a road in Troy, Ohio.

She had been strangled to death only hours before. Authorities took DNA samples but couldn’t find a match for the woman. For decades, she was described only by the clothes on her back: “Buckskin Girl.”

From the Winter 2019 issue of California.

Baby Code: Should all newborns get genetic tests?

We like to think human beings are created equal, but strictly speaking, it isn’t quite true. Many abnormalities, from premature births to immune diseases, can afflict newborn children with no advance warning. Now a team including researchers from UC Berkeley will investigate using newly affordable genetic tests to detect complications in newborns—while also examining the ethical concerns such tests could pose.
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