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How stupid is this? November 6, 2009

Posted by habeshaviews in What's on the News?.
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The Brits are to start up a DNA based program to identify nationalities of Asylum seekers. The racial under tone kills me.

“The Border Agency’s DNA-testing plans would use mouth swabs for mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome testing, as well as analyses of subtle genetic variations called single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). One goal of the project is to determine whether asylum-seekers claiming to be from Somalia and fleeing persecution are actually from another African country such as Kenya. If successful, the Border Agency suggests its pilot project could be extended to confirming other nationalities.”

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1. Zimita - November 7, 2009

I don’t think SNPs can be used to identify nationalities as there are no SNP markers developed for such purposes, and I don’t also think it is possible.


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