"In less time than it takes to make a cup of coffee, a sketch emerges inferred solely from DNA."

DNA-generated portraits


Wed, Feb 25th, 2015 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Software developed by Mark D. Shriver, a professor of anthropology and genetics at Penn State University, can sketch a face based on DNA genetic markers alone.

To build his model, Dr. Shriver measured 7,000 three-dimensional coordinates on the face and analyzed their links to thousands of genetic variants. Though sex and ancestral mix are not the only predictor of face shape in this model, they are the primary influencers — something that has raised concerns about the potential for racial profiling.



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