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Did Hitler Have A Son?

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 2:08 PM
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New evidence emerged in February of 2012 to support the controversial claim that Hitler had a son with a French teenager.

The man, Jean-Marie Loret, who claimed to be the Hitler’s son back in 1981 in his autobiography titled “Your Father’s Name Was Hitler.” Died four years later, at the age of 67, having never been able to prove his family line. Loret’s Paris lawyer, François Gibault, told a French magazine that a number of photographs and documents can now support the claim of paternity to Hitler, as well as how Loret discovered his heritage.

Jean-Marie Loret was born in March, 1918. He grew up knowing nothing about his father, only that his mother, Charlotte Lobjoie, had given him away for adoption to a family with the name Loret. It wasn’t until the early 1950s, just before his biological mother’s death, that she told him her secret – that at 16 year of age she had a brief affair with Adolf Hitler and he was conceived after what she claimed was a “tipsy” evening in June 1917.

Charlotte Lobjoie told Jean-Marie Loret “I was cutting hay with other women, when we saw a German soldier on the other side of the street. He had a sketch pad and seemed to be drawing. All the women found this soldier interesting and wanted to know what he was drawing. They picked me to try to approach him,” she said. They started a brief relationship, and the following year Jean-Marie was born.

“On the rare occasions your father was around, he liked to take me for walks in the countryside. But these walks usually ended badly. Your father, inspired by nature, launched into speeches I did not really understand,” Miss Lobjoie said. She recalled that Loret’s father did not speak French “but solely ranted in German, talking to an imaginary audience.”

The new evidence included official Wehrmacht, documents which show that officers brought envelopes of cash to Lobjoie during the German occupation of France. In addition paintings signed “Adolf Hitler” were discovered in Miss Lobjoie’s attic, including a picture of a woman painted by Hitler which according to Le Point magazine, “looked exactly like Loret’s mother.”

In what he called a “manic effort” to prove or disprove his mother’s claim, Loret used the services of  geneticists, handwriting experts and historians. In an effort to share his discovery and the journey that followed, Loret wrote a book titled “Your Father’s Name Was Hitler,”.

Loret’s lawyer, Gibault, states that Loret’s children could claim royalties from Hitler’s Mein Kampf based on this evidence.

 

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Tip of the Month – October 2012

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 10:24 AM
Monday, October 29, 2012

When sending samples to our Laboratories via FedEx, DHL, UPS, or any carrier that provides a tracking number, we highly recommend that you record the tracking number prior to releasing the package to the shipper. If the samples do not arrive at the laboratory by the expected date and time, the package can easily be tracked to determine where the package is as well as the new expected delivery time.

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Tip of the Month – September 2012

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 10:21 AM
Monday, October 29, 2012

The majority of sample swaps occur when all of the sample envelopes are filled out prior to the actual collection. Although this may seem to speed up the collection process, it greatly increases the chance that samples will be placed into the incorrect envelopes. In order to prevent samples from being mixed up, the recommended collection procedure is to fill out one envelope and then immediately collect a sample from that individual. Do not fill in any information on subsequent envelopes until the first collection is complete and the envelope is sealed.

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Paternity Testing A Holy Man: Cardinal Franc Rode

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 3:24 PM
Friday, October 5, 2012

October 3, 2012

According to the Vatican Insider, a news website, a DNA test has cleared an accused Cardinal, Franc Rode, of fathering a child by the name of Peter S., who is a 42 year old German citizen. The German man claimed that he was born out of a relationship between his mother, Tanja Breda, and the Cardinal who, at the time, was a young priest and professor on the faculty for Theology in Ljubljana.

According to Wikipedia, “Franc Rode is a Slovenian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, having served as prefect from 2004 to 2011. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2006.

This Cardinal Deacon has emphatically denied these claims and, after speaking with his alleged son, he agreed to take a paternity test to prove that he was not the father. The DNA test was conducted at the Munich University Institute of Legal Medicine and it was confirmed that the DNA paternity test results between the two men were, in fact, negative. It has been reported that upon learning the results of the test the Cardinal made two public statements:

1) “I am glad that the results are those I expected at the start. Defamation of this kind isolates a man in his pain.”

2) “After all they’ve done to me they deserve this…”, in which he is referring to proposed lawsuits against the media for alleged breaches of his right to privacy.

While the paternity test did disprove fatherhood, one must wonder why a woman would name a holy man as the father of her child. Only the mother and the Cardinal know what really happened between them, if anything, 43 years prior.

Sitting Cardinal Franc Rode

Author: Meagan Thompson
(Photo courtesy of Facebook.com)

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Professional DNA Collecting – The Scary Side of Clients

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 3:14 PM
Thursday, September 27, 2012

Collecting DNA samples from individuals can be a very intimate situation. In most cases, the clients are nervous and anxious, which is understandable since the DNA test results can be life changing. Generally, meeting with clients and performing the collection goes well and everyone is on their best behavior. However, sometimes we find ourselves in emotionally charged situations and it can be a little unsettling, especially when the collection is performed by a mobile collector at the home of the clients. Regardless or where the collection takes place, we always hope that there is no fighting, or worse, violence, while performing the DNA collection service.

A recent news report reminds us that we need to always be careful  - we never know what the true situation is and we never know if the people that we are collecting DNA from are sane. For example:

According to the Arlington, Texas police, a man by the name of Thomas Olivas, age 29, was arrested in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Mechelle Danielle Gandy, age 26, and her 1 year old child, a boy, Asher Rion Olivas.

Police reported that, on March 2011, Thomas murdered the mother and child by stabbing Mechelle to death, and then dousing the room where Asher was sleeping in his crib with gasoline, and then lighting the apartment on fire. His motives are said to be that he did not want to pay child support and called Asher “the devil’s child” on Facebook. A forensic DNA paternity test was performed using the child’s remains and as it turned out, Thomas Olivas WAS the father of the child. The mother and child were buried in Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington.

It is these types of terrible tragedies that concern us. We realize that we are working with people who could be criminally insane, dangerous and emotionally unstable. It’s not something that we wish to be caught up in. We feel for any family that has to endure such a terrible ordeal!

Author: Meagan Thompson

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Tip of the Month – August 2012

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 1:30 PM
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

After collection, buccal swab samples need be stored and shipped in a manner that allows them to adequately dry. If the swabs retain moisture, bacteria can grow and degrade the DNA, rendering the swab unsuitable for DNA analysis. In order to ensure that buccal swabs are able to dry, it is important that you follow two simple rules. First, do NOT place the buccal swabs back into the swab wrappers. The inside of the wrappers are coated with a thin waxy-like film that does not allow the swabs access to air, and thus they cannot dry. Second, place the buccal swabs into the paper sample envelope provided with the DNA Collection Kit, not a plastic bag. The swabs will be able to dry inside of a paper envelope, but will not be able to dry inside of a plastic bag.

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New Jersey To Require Violent Crime Convict DNA Samples

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 11:05 AM
Monday, August 6, 2012

Bill A-2594, that passed the New Jersey Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee and now heads to the full Assembly, will increase law enforcement’s crime-fighting powers buy requiring DNA samples from individuals arrested on suspicion of certain violent crimes. An identical version of the bill has already been approved by the Senate today.

Bill A-2594 amends New Jersey’s “DNA Database and Databank Act of 1994” so that it requires DNA samples from anyone arrested on suspicion of crimes. These include: murder; manslaughter; second degree aggravated assault; attempts to or causes serious bodily injury to another, or causes bodily injury while fleeing or attempting to flee a law enforcement officer; kidnapping; luring or enticing a child; engaging in sexual conduct which would impair or debauch the morals of a child; or aggravated sexual assault; sexual assault; aggravated criminal sexual contact; criminal sexual contact, or an attempt to commit any of these offenses.

The New Jersey bill stipulates that if the charges against a person from whom a DNA sample was collected are dismissed, or if a person is acquitted at trial, the sample and the profile would be destroyed, and all related records expunged, upon request by that individual.

The bill also gives law enforcement the teeth to be able to ensure compliance by making it a crime for any person who knowingly refuses to submit to the collection of a blood or biological sample.  The penalty would be a term of imprisonment of up to 18 months, or a fine of up to $10,000, or both.

This bill will start working with the FBI’s current index. The FBI uses a system called CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) which provides for the storage and exchange of law enforcement DNA records on a national basis.  CODIS consists of two separate indexes. The first is a “forensic” index containing DNA profiles from crime scene evidence.  The second is an  “offender” index, with DNA profiles of convicted offenders. It also allows for an electronic comparison of the DNA profiles from those two indexes. Often “hits” (matches) between DNA found at crime scenes and DNA profiles of convicted offenders are made.  Analysts can also link multiple or unsolved crimes to a single perpetrator by comparing profiles in both indexes.

Our DNA Testing Company does not provide any government agency with DNA profiles. However, should you need a DNA test, such as a paternity test, with an incarcerated person, we can help. Contact us today for more information. 888-362-4339

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Did Vikings Take Native Americans To Europe?

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 11:00 AM
Monday, August 6, 2012

Sciences find DNA evidence that supports medieval tests suggestions that Vikings landed in North America over 1,000 years ago.

DNA analysis of several families in Iceland show that they possess maternal DNA typically found in Native Americas or East Asians. These findings boos a widely accepted theory based previously only on Icelandic medieval tests that Vikings in fact landed and might have had a settlement in the Newfoundland Canada area prior to the Christopher Columbus expedition.

The analysis was don’t by Spain’s CSIC scientific research institute and included 80 different people from four families. It was discovered that all the families caring this distinctively Native American/East Asian DNA were from ancestors who lived between 1710 and 1740 from the same region of southern Iceland and based on the type of DNA had to be introduced by a woman.

For more on this story see:Discovery News

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Scientists Have Cloned Man’s Best Friend

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 3:30 PM
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I just came across an article distributed by the Global Press Release Distribution about the above topic. This brought my thinking to the use of DNA in general, and about the ethics of cloning specifically.

Dan Vergano, USA TODAY. Scientists have cloned man’s best friend for the first time, creating a genetic duplicate of a 3-year-old male Afghan hound, South Korean scientists reported Wednesday

The puppy was born in April to its surrogate mom, a Labrador retriever. His name: Snuppy, short for Seoul National University puppy. The team of scientists there that cloned the dog, led by Hwang Woo Suk, is the same one that first cloned human embryonic stem cells last year. Their achievement is reported in the journal Nature. Researchers have cloned other animals, but dog cloning has posed a particular challenge. And the difficulties have alarmed some animal advocates and researchers.

There are benefits of cloning your pet according to the Seoul National University, but there are also many groups that are questioning the ethics involved in cloning.

USA Today

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Failure of Genetic Passports for Plants, Animals and Microorganisms

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 3:26 PM
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The idea of creating genetic passports for, plants, animals, microorganisms was a very hot topic between 2007 and looked like it was on it’s way to becoming a common, standard practice. However, at this time, for the most part, these burgeoning ideas seem to have been put on hold.

The idea to create genetic passports was suggested by the Technical Expert Group of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Lima, Peru and was backed by a group of experts from over 25 countries. The proposal, which stated that 150 countries, who signed a 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) treaty, would have sovereignty over the genetic resources originating within their borders and could control the use of their genetic resources outside of their borders. They would do so by providing specific information such as the material’s origin, its characteristics and the institutions responsible for providing and/or using it.

While the proposal was widely praised and supported, it does not appear that it was ever adapted by the Convention on Biological Diversity.  In fact, in a paper entitled “Genetic Diversity and Conservation and Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources” the author(s) state that:

Accurate passport and characterization data are the first requirements, but users of plant genetic resources, particularly plant breeders, have also emphasized the need for improved evaluation of accessions. Evaluation is a complex process and there is serious backlog in most collections.

However, you can be assured that genetic passports for non-human organisms is on it’s way even if it is not currently implemented. Were there is a will, there is a way.

If you enjoyed this story you might also enjoy: Genetic Passports…A Thing Of The Past?‪ ‬

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