Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms

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The problem being investigated in this experiment is if scientists can use single nucleotide polymorphisms found in a person’s DNA in order to determine or predict someone’s face. This potential discovery would be revolutionary in the crime-solving industry and would allow us to get a glimpse of the faces of those guilty of crimes, ancestral people from before photography, and even children yet to be born in a mother’s womb. The main objective of this article was to inform and educate the readers on the incredible world of appearance prediction and the untapped potential that lies within it, with its roots linked directly to the nucleotides in an individual’s DNA. The article discusses an unknown man, “the Serial Creeper”, guilty of sexually…show more content…
For example, after recently discovering the skeleton of King Richard III who died in England in 1485 and analyzing his DNA, scientists were able to determine important characteristics of the King’s appearance, such as him having blue eyes and blond hair as a child. A helpful tool for this was the HIrisPlex system, which analyzes blood, saliva, and other fluids for traits such as skin color, eye color, and hair color when DNA has broken down. For now, the foundation and confidence in the idea of appearance prediction is still rather shaky, but with more investment of resources into the area as well as advancements in technology, companies like Parabon may have an incredible impact on the world of molecular biology and forensics within the next…show more content…
On the other hand, thousands upon thousands were responsible for traits such as height. It was also rather interesting to hear police regard using genetics to help a crime case “less-conventional”. Solving crimes through genetics may sound unconventional right now, but in a few decades, it may be as simple as inserting a suspect’s DNA into a HIrisPlex machine and getting a near actuality sketch down to the exact measurements in return, essentially solving the case. Furthermore, having the ability to see what a child looks like before birth reminds me to an extent of the movie Gattaca, in the sense of knowing the genetic information, traits, and characteristics of a child before they were even born. With the way our society has grown today, it almost certainly feels like there would be a moral issue, as there would surely be a number of people who would not want to know exactly what their child might physically grow into one day. This, along with the numerous other challenges and complications that come with genetics, are undeniably hurdles that will need to be cleared in order to make appearance prediction a useful tool that can be relied on by the world in the future. However, the evolution of technology has already come leaps and bounds over the last decade, and particularly with
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