Scientists from the Netherlands have developed a method of determining hair colour from a DNA sample. The method, which is 80-90% accurate, looks at single nucleotide polymorphisms that are related to hair colour.
In addition to helping criminal investigators identify the physical characteristics of suspects from DNA samples, the test could also help investigators create more accurate images of unidentified bodies.
The discovery is described on the Wired science blog. The original research paper is published in Human Genetics, which is available online as part of the UWS Library’s journal subscriptions.
Branicki, W., Liu, F., van Duijn, K., Draus-Barini, J., Popiech, E., Walsh, S., Kupiec, T., Wojas-Pelc, A., and Kayser, M. (2011) Model-based prediction of human hair color using DNA variants Human Genetics [Online] Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00439-010-0939-8
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