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(Discovery)   Artist decodes stray DNA of strangers to produce life-like pictures of them   (news.discovery.com) divider line 11
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2013-02-09 11:04:09 PM
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Not a lot of detail in that DNA model: gender, eye colour, maternal race.

By that measure, I am a British male with brown eyes. So I did a Google for images of British Males with Brown Eyes. Apart from that guy who played James Bond and some porn stars, a couple of schmucks and a lot of pictures of dragon flies for some reason, there was nobody who looked much like me.

But here's an interesting British male with brown eyes:


img.scoop.it

Just kidding. He's a Neanderthal.
Not even the same species as I am.

Kinda cute for a cave man, though.
He could star in a couple of movies.
A Hell of a lot less scary than Carrot Top.
2013-02-10 12:11:08 AM
2 votes:

WordyGrrl: Interesting article. Brings up the question of how much privacy can we really have when bits of DNA just fall off of us naturally, or get discarded on a used napkin.


You want to hear a neat trick?  The bacterial communities on your skin are so unique to you that I could identify you by sampling the surface of your computer mouse.
2013-02-10 01:18:06 AM
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BarkingUnicorn: brantgoose: Not a lot of detail in that DNA model: gender, eye colour, maternal race.

With a little work, her technique could beat police sketch artists.

But how does she know there's a "family resemblance" to anonymous people?


No, it couldn't. Not as-is, and I am willing to bet that even with a proper attempt accounting for every known genetic switch related to our external looks, even after you go through huge expense, and expend vast amount of processing power, you'd still get something that at best vaguely resembled the person and quite possibly looked nothing like them.

There's absolutely no family resemblance at all in this attention whore's "art". It says it right in the article: the only things considered are "gender, eye color and maternal ethnicity". In other words, if you don't look to have the same ethnicity as your mother, it won't look even slightly like you. Even if you do, the *only* characteristics beyond skin color that it will share with you are gender (which was only a 50/50 guess anyway), and eye color (which wouldn't have been much harder to guess.)

Beyond that, any characteristic that happens to look like you or anyone in your family will be arrived at completely accidentally. (And the law of averages says the vast majority will be guessed wrongly, and look absolutely nothing like the person.)

Quick: Choose the first random non-family member you see who has the same gender, eye color, and ethnicity as you. That's how strong the "family resemblance" will be to your own.

I've seen some shiat on Fark in my day, but this turd floats right near the top.
2013-02-10 01:05:06 AM
1 votes:

WordyGrrl: Interesting article. Brings up the question of how much privacy can we really have when bits of DNA just fall off of us naturally, or get discarded on a used napkin.


What someone concerned about his stray DNA might look like:

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2013-02-10 12:33:35 AM
1 votes:
I thought this would be way more cool. But it's just someone who figured out the sex, eye color and race and created some random face based on that. Hell, I can do that by sampling starcraft handles.
2013-02-10 12:33:30 AM
1 votes:

brantgoose: Not a lot of detail in that DNA model: gender, eye colour, maternal race.

By that measure, I am a British male with brown eyes. So I did a Google for images of British Males with Brown Eyes. Apart from that guy who played James Bond and some porn stars, a couple of schmucks and a lot of pictures of dragon flies for some reason, there was nobody who looked much like me.

But here's an interesting British male with brown eyes:


[img.scoop.it image 403x538]

Just kidding. He's a Neanderthal.
Not even the same species as I am.

Kinda cute for a cave man, though.
He could star in a couple of movies.
A Hell of a lot less scary than Carrot Top.


Whoa, according to genetics we are twins.
/I believe genetics can also see several other physical traits like certain aspects of ears/nose/mouth characteristics
/never the less

kibbled: I am calling bullshiat on this one

2013-02-10 12:27:15 AM
1 votes:

WordyGrrl: Interesting article. Brings up the question of how much privacy can we really have when bits of DNA just fall off of us naturally, or get discarded on a used napkin.


Hmm. I may have to change my masturbation habits.
2013-02-10 12:20:07 AM
1 votes:
I am calling bullshiat on this one
2013-02-10 12:19:51 AM
1 votes:
Yeah, "life like" is a tad misleading.
2013-02-09 10:35:37 PM
1 votes:
Bet the CIA hires her within the month.
2013-02-09 10:17:37 PM
1 votes:
Interesting article. Brings up the question of how much privacy can we really have when bits of DNA just fall off of us naturally, or get discarded on a used napkin.
 
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