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by JL Beeken on 7-02-2007

you’re Stalking Strangers’ DNA to Fill in the Family Tree.

From the New York Times:

Inexpensive genetic testing is turning the once-staid pursuit of genealogy into an extreme sport.

They swab the cheeks of strangers and pluck hairs from corpses. They travel hundreds of miles to entice their suspects with an old photograph, or sometimes a free drink. Cooperation is preferred, but not necessarily required to achieve their ends.

If the amateur genealogists of the DNA era bear a certain resemblance to members of a “CSI” team, they make no apologies. Prompted by the advent of inexpensive genetic testing, they are tracing their family trees with a vengeance heretofore unknown.

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