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(Daily Mail)   Boy builds DNA testing machine in effort to discover why his brother has no soul   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 32
    More: Amusing, DNA, polymerase chain reactions, heating and cooling, recessive genes, testing machine, Gus, video player, brothers  
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2013-04-05 03:15:48 PM  
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/Just starting the thread off correctly
 
2013-04-05 03:32:37 PM  
i.dailymail.co.uk
my hair is the sun, your test is irrelevant
 
2013-04-05 03:56:08 PM  
If that's what the hair on his head looks like, I'm afraid to think what the hair down his pants looks like. He definitely can't wear a Speedo.
 
2013-04-05 04:37:50 PM  
Sounds like the problem was his mom was a DNA tasting machine.
 
2013-04-05 04:45:36 PM  
i.dailymail.co.uk

Fred was able to use the machine to prove that Gus has the genetic mutation that causes ginger hair

That's nothing. I was able to use just a simple color photograph to prove that Gus has the genetic mutation that causes ginger hair.
 
2013-04-05 04:46:08 PM  
Ooo I'd be curious to see if I have the ginger gene. Auburn hair and freckles. :)
 
2013-04-05 04:48:04 PM  
Yeah, that whole "UK people have bad teeth" thing is just a stereotype. They have perfectly normal orange teeth. Wait, what?
i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2013-04-05 04:55:39 PM  
i hope the owners of Taq sue his pants off.

s/DNA testing machine/PCR thermocycler/
 
2013-04-05 05:01:35 PM  

Walker: Yeah, that whole "UK people have bad teeth" thing is just a stereotype. They have perfectly normal orange teeth. Wait, what?


They're just reflecting the color of his brother's hair.  They look fine when he's not around.

/seriously, good on this kid, that's cool
 
2013-04-05 05:09:02 PM  
So he hooked the machine up to the postman's balls and cranked up the amps?
 
2013-04-05 05:17:10 PM  
i.dailymail.co.ukoi50.tinypic.com
 
2013-04-05 05:26:21 PM  
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2013-04-05 05:28:59 PM  
'To identify my brother's mutation I opted for sequencing which I couldn't do at home so I had to send the sample to a lab.

He built a PCR but didn't do any DNA testing.  PCR is the easy part.
 
2013-04-05 05:36:08 PM  
He sent the dna to a lab to be tested...
 
2013-04-05 05:42:16 PM  
Nerds.
 
2013-04-05 06:01:34 PM  

devek: He sent the dna to a lab to be tested...


But he built the lab in his home, and cloned the asian graduate students to staff it.
 
2013-04-05 06:17:23 PM  
Who has that Kick A Ginger Day news pic?
 
2013-04-05 06:54:48 PM  
Wonder if it explains these guys?

i49.tinypic.com
 
2013-04-05 06:56:43 PM  
Just one redhead ...

i46.tinypic.com
 
2013-04-05 07:11:01 PM  
He built a thermocycler.  He could have used a few water baths and an egg timer, then tranferred tubes.

Tedious, but quicker than building this from scratch.
 
2013-04-05 07:16:27 PM  
Do we believe the caption or the article?  Did it cost £250 or £400?

i49.tinypic.com
 
2013-04-05 07:29:27 PM  
Welcome to 1863.

Did he seriously not understand recessive genes?

I mean, don't dumb yourself down. What he did was cool and everything, it was just a stupid farking question considering we have been acutely aware of genetics for a long time.
 
2013-04-05 07:47:27 PM  
utah dude:
i hope the owners of Taq sue his pants off.

s/DNA testing machine/PCR thermocycler/


That patent ship has long since sailed, my friend.  Besides, even back then, when you bought the enzyme you also paid nominally for a limited non-commercial license.

Donkey Hodie:
Do we believe the caption or the article?  Did it cost £250 or £400?

[i49.tinypic.com image 660x200]


I'm gonna go with £250 in the final product, plus another £150 spent farking up the prototypes.
 
2013-04-05 07:57:32 PM  
So, he drew a punnett square?
 
2013-04-05 08:41:12 PM  
Not only did he not actually do any DNA testing (only DNA amplification, which he could have had done at the same lab that actually analyzed his sample), he didn't even prove what he set out to - that both he and his brother shared a father.  All he did was prove his brother had the genes for ginger hair... which was obvious anyway, and has nothing to do with proving shared paternity.
 
2013-04-06 04:41:07 AM  
So, let me get this right.  His friends were teasing him about him and his brother having different fathers, so he built a PCR and mailed the DNA to a lab to figure out that his brother has the gene that he obviously has, yet no mention is made anywhere in the article of whether or not he discovered they have the same father.

/bet they don't
 
2013-04-06 04:42:44 AM  
Dammit  Sum Dum Gai.

My reading comprehension.  Where has it gone?
 
2013-04-06 06:25:23 AM  
17 year old builds thermocycler big woop.
 
2013-04-06 10:45:32 AM  

satanorsanta: 'To identify my brother's mutation I opted for sequencing which I couldn't do at home so I had to send the sample to a lab.

He built a PCR but didn't do any DNA testing.  PCR is the easy part.


It's a temperature chamber with some reagents in it. Still, this kid's got some good skills. I'm just surprised no one called this a DNA 3D printer yet.
 
2013-04-06 12:09:58 PM  
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"I don't give a damn what the test says. That kid is not mine and I will fight this to fullest extent of the law."
 
2013-04-06 07:01:33 PM  
From the headline, I thought RFLP analysis.

I thought he did a restriction digest of DNA extracted from cells from every member of his family and a nonfamily control and ran large format gels to show that they were related.
 
2013-04-07 03:44:03 PM  
He spent money to prove that the Postman was a ginger?
 
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