Creating Forensic Sketches from DNA

    Date 31 Mar 2014
    Category Cryptography
    2718
    Posted By Dave Wreski
    It's already possible to make some inferences about the appearance of crime suspects from their DNA alone, including their racial ancestry and some shades of hair colour. And in 2012, a team led by Manfred Kayser of Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, identified five genetic variants with detectable effects on facial shape.
    It was a start, but still a long way from reliable genetic photofits.

    To take the idea a step further, a team led by population geneticist Mark Shriver of Pennsylvania State University and imaging specialist Peter Claes of the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) in Belgium used a stereoscopic camera to capture 3D images of almost 600 volunteers from populations with mixed European and West African ancestry.

    The link for this article located at Schneier on Security is no longer available.

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