What is the DNA Identification Act?

You may have heard of the DNA Identification Act of 1994, but what exactly is it and what does it do?   The DNA Identification Act of 1994 essentially created a national index of DNA identification records of all people convicted of crimes, DNA samples that have been collected from various crime scenes, and analyses…

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Murders Solved By DNA: Krystal Beslanowitch, 1995

Thanks to the constant advancements made in technology today, victims from unsolved murder cases of the past are finally getting some justice. Today, we are taking a look at a homicide that took place in 1995 in Utah.   Krystal Lynn Beslanowitch was only 17 years old when she was found bloodied, naked, and lying…

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What is a Genealogist?

What is a genealogist? Well according to Merriam-Webster, a genealogist is “a person who traces or studies the descent of persons or families.” That’s great — but what exactly does that mean?   Genealogists spend the vast majority of their time researching, both on and offline, in libraries, archives, and courthouses. They also spend time…

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Top 4 Ways to Obtain DNA

— Cheek Swab: Saliva can be used to test for paternity. Here are some pros for this type of testing. ● A large amount of DNA can be collected from a small amount of saliva. ● It’s a completely non-invasive test, meaning that there are no needles or any type of discomfort. — Blood Test:…

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Melanesians

Who are the Melanesians? The Melanesian people live in an area in the South Pacific Ocean, that is just northeast of Australia. Countries in this region include Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea, just to name a few. A recent discovery has been made in researching the DNA of the Melanesian people.…

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DNA & Your Diet

Why do diet’s fail? Well,according to a California-based startup, diets fail because none of them focus on the dieter’s unique genetic makeup. So can our DNA show us what diet can work best for our bodies? What’s the main focus on dieting? Losing weight, of course! Typically when a person diets, they tend to decrease…

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DNA Testing on Pets

We can test our DNA to see where we come from. Did you know that you can do the exact same thing for your dogs? That’s right! Your dog’s genetic makeup matters. Keep reading on to find out how to test your beloved pet’s DNA.   Dog DNA tests were created to help determine the…

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Tips on How to Start Your Family Tree

So you’re ready to start your family tree. But where should you begin? How far should you trace your family tree back? All of these questions and more can be answered below! How to Start First and foremost, contact your immediate family; they often hold some important information about your family’s history, and they can…

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