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Discovering Family Secrets via DNA Testing

13 August 2019

Perhaps he’s late to the party, but PG immediately thought about the literary possibilities of this technology in the hands of some fiction authors.

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2 Comments to “Discovering Family Secrets via DNA Testing”

  1. Yes, it’s a great tool. About six years ago I used DNA as a proof of paternity plot device in a dysfunctional family novella called Enigma. The story was set in 2009, just as DNA testing was getting up and running outside the boundaries of law enforcement and academia.

  2. I can’t see the video at the moment (I’m assuming there is one; there’s a giant amount of space otherwise).

    There are so many twists and turns to take with DNA, though! What if the person is a chimera? Chimerism is the opposite of twinning, where instead of separating, two are merged together. “Law & Order” used that notion, where a man had the DNA of his fraternal twin brother in one part of his body, and his own DNA in a different part. I think the detectives figured it out because he gave hair or saliva samples in one instance, then a blood sample in another instance.

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