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From: (John Chandler)
Subject: Re: [DNA] Dick Eastman's reaction to the "StalkingStrangers" article
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2007 15:46:24 -0400 (EDT)
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> I suppose that we all draw our own ethical lines on issues. If I got to the
> point where an unsolved mystery regarding my own family history was
> bothering me enough and all other avenues had been exhausted, I could see
> myself stalking for DNA and hanging out at McDonalds or swiping trash bags
> off the curb.
If the sample is so important, the chain-of-custody issue is just as
crucial in genealogy as in forensic testing. It would be pretty silly
to test a piece of trash with no direct link to the intended subject.
When I go for a walk, if I find a discarded cup by the roadside, I
pick it up and put it in the next trash recepticle I come to, which
may very well be back home.
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