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Very_Boring_Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 04:25 PM
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So umm does CNN think a husband and wife's DNA will match?
Was reading an article on CNN about the killing of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed and had to scratch my head at this line:

A sample of his DNA was sent to Nairobi, where U.S. officials confirmed it was Mohammed. They had taken DNA samples from his wife and children some years ago.

Can anybody explain to me why they would need a DNA sample from his wife, and why that would be relevant in identifying the husband's remains?

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Maru Kitteh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 04:26 PM
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1. You really can't figure this one out by yourself? n/t
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 04:27 PM
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2. If they were checking his DNA against his children's
It might help to have his wife's DNA to screen that out from the children's genome.

I actually no idea. Just a guess..... :shrug:
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Electric Monk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 04:30 PM
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3. I accidentally the whole thing!
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 06:22 PM
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9. Lol!
whoops.
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Chan790 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 04:36 PM
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6. Pretty much.
It's much much easier to trace maternal lineage than paternal lineage through DNA, so much so that DNA results that cannot be screened for the mother's genome are considered less accurate than those that cannot be screened for the father's.

We have the mother of his children. It's easy to screen those results to ID a sufficient number of markers to ID their father.

This in part is why those "where did I come from" genetic DNA tests typically only provide results for the matrilineal line. (Mother, Mother's mother, Mother's mother's mother, etc.)
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 04:30 PM
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4. maybe cousin marriage ?
Edited on Mon Jun-13-11 04:31 PM by JI7
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laconicsax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 04:32 PM
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5. Have you never heard of a paternity test?
:shrug:
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 04:38 PM
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7. It's almost as simple as addition and subtraction.
Edited on Mon Jun-13-11 04:39 PM by pnwmom
Knowing the genes the kids have, and the wive has, that tells them that the rest of the DNA came from the father.
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HockeyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 05:49 PM
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8. My husband's a Republican, so there is no way
we have the same DNA.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 06:34 PM
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10. It does for a lot of Beck's viewers.
Same for Most of Limbaugh's listeners.
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