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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, September 16, 2019

"Why This Scientist Keeps Receiving Packages of Serial Killers’ Hair"

From The New York Times:

The trouble for detectives, or anyone else seeking to figure out whom a strand of hair belonged to, is that unless it contains a root, which only a tiny percentage do, it’s about as helpful as a nearby rock.

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Until now. Ed Green, a paleogeneticist at the University of California, Santa Cruz known in the scientific community for his work on the Neanderthal genome, has developed a technique that makes it possible to recover and sequence DNA from hair without the root.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/crimprof_blog/2019/09/why-this-scientist-keeps-receiving-packages-of-serial-killers-hair.html

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