UK Ruthlessly Starting DNA Collection – Goodbye Privacy Forever

Britain’s Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matthew Hancock announced the government’s desire to start collecting DNA of every newborn child. Hence, the privacy of UK citizens will no longer exist. Your DNA is a treasure trove of personal information, including your physical characteristics like eye color, paternity and health. The UK has been a pioneer in privacy intrusion. It is one thing to use DNA to solve heinous crimes and protect society, yet another to use it for the government’s gain and control.

Intriguing New Results Outlining the Genomes of Vikings and Eurasian Population

There is an intriguing new analysis of the findings pertaining to the genome-wide markers in the current Eurasian population. Apparently, there are two streams of genes.

1) Mongoloid from Central Asia to the territories of Turkey and Syria. (Mongoloid is a grouping of various people indigenous to East Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, North Asia, Polynesia and the Americas. It is one of the traditional three races first introduced in the 1780s by members of the Göttingen School of History)

2) Uralid from Eastern Siberia to the Estonian border.  (West Sibirid subtype, especially common in the basin of the Ob River among Khanty and Mansi people. Sometimes in Altai and Khakassia. Due to the harsh Siberian climate, this type was never very numerous. Today, the indigenous groups are largely outnumbered by Russians)

Strong Growth in Nucleic Acid Isolation and Purification Market

Future Market Insights (FMI), in its latest publication, outlines the future trajectory of the global nucleic acid isolation and purification market through 2029. According to the report, worldwide sales of nucleic acid isolation and purification kits were valued at $830 million in 2018, and are estimated to register a Y-o-Y growth of 4% in 2019. As the consistency and reliability of molecular diagnostic results relies heavily on the quality of genetic material i.e. DNA and RNA, manufacturers are focusing on offering high-quality products, ensuring improved yield and purity.